Spring Energy Tune-Up: Lighting
Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be sharing some tips on how to tune up your home now that the snow is finally gone and flowers are starting to bloom.
This week, we want to focus on lighting – one of the biggest areas where you can save on your energy bills. Throughout the Spring, it will be staying lighter later and later. We can take advantage and turn those extra daylight hours into savings. Below are a few tips to make sure you are lighting your home without burning a hole in your pocket.
- Take advantage of extra daylight – make sure only the lights you need are turned on.
- Remove or disconnect unnecessary light fixtures.
- Replace regular light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Switching one CFL can save $40 or more over the lifetime of the bulb and LED lights use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. While LEDs are more costly than CFLs, they are much more efficient using only two to 10 watts of electricity, a tiny fraction of what incandescent or even CFLs use. Small LED flashlight bulbs will also extend battery life 10 to 15 times longer.
- Install timers or photocells on outside lights.
You can find more energy-saving tips for your home.
Be sure to check out our blog next week to see how you what you can do when it comes to your water heater and refrigerator to cut down on your energy costs.