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Energy Savings Tips


Save money and prevent pollution with fluorescent and higher efficiency lighting. Regular incandescent bulbs are inefficient, converting only 10% of the electricity used into light. The other 90% is wasted as heat.

Compact fluorescent bulbs

  • Direct replacement for incandescents.
  • Provide more lumens per watt.
  • Three times more efficient than incandescents.
  • Lumens-per-watt comparison.

Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting

  • More efficient than CFLs.
  • Longer lasting than other light sources.
  • Higher cost than other light sources.
  • Learn more at LED Lighting. 

Replace your halogen torchieres with compact fluorescents

Halogen lightbulbs are a fire safety hazard, reaching 700 to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Compact fluorescent torchieres are a safe and energy-efficient alternative, saving about $50 per year in energy costs if used four hours per day.

  • Produce natural-looking, high-quality light.
  • Equal or more light than 300-watt halogen torchieres.
  • Use about one-fourth the electricity.
  • ENERGY STAR® label means the lamp is energy efficient, reliable and safe.

Outdoor nighttime safety improves with good lighting

  • Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescents wherever practical.
  • Use photo-eye controls to turn lights on at dusk and off at dawn.
  • Choose motion detection sensors to provide light only when needed.
  • Compare outdoor lighting costs.
  • Be a good neighbor. Avoid light trespass and offensive glare by choosing fixtures that don't show exposed bulbs.

Energy-saving lighting tips

  • Replace most-used incandescent bulbs and fixtures with fluorescents. You'll save two-thirds of lighting costs.
  • Turn lights off when not in use.
  • Use photo-eyes and timers rather than leaving lights on.
  • Recycle energy-efficient light bulbs.

Holiday Lighting

Bright, twinkling lights are one of the joys of the holiday season. Be safe and take an energy-efficient look at the bulbs you are stringing on your trees and the eaves of your house.

Light safely

  • Only use lights tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Check light sets for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per extension cord.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become electrically charged from faulty lights. People or pets touching a branch could be electrocuted.
  • Don’t overload your electrical circuits.
  • Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they are certified for outdoor use.
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short out and start a fire.
  • For added electric shock protection, plug outdoor lights and decorations into circuits protected by ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
  • Allow plenty of distance from overhead wires when using a ladder.

Light economically

Mini lighting uses considerably less energy than standard C7 or C9 bulbs. Consider using a tinsel-type garland to reflect the sparkle and brightness of your lighting but don’t allow it to touch the bulbs.

Icicle mini lights don’t use a great deal of electricity, but since the strands are typically shorter than standard mini strands, you need more of them to achieve decorative coverage.

LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights are the newest way to decorate energy efficiently. LEDs are:

  • Sturdier.
  • Safer because they stay cooler.
  • Longer-lasting (10,000 hours when used indoors).
  • More energy efficient. They use up to 93% less energy than standard mini lights.
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