Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to save on energy bills. Installing timers and motion sensors will save you even more money by reducing the amount of time lights are on but not being used. About 10% of its energy budget to lighting is dedicated on average household.
These are 3 most popular light bulbs are available choices for energy-efficient lighting.
1.) Halogen or incandescent light bulbs use less 25% energy and can last up to 3x longer.
2.)Compact Flourescent Lamps (CFL) light bulbs use about 75% less energy and can last 10x longer.
3.)Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs use about 75% less energy and can last 25x longer.
INDOOR LIGHTING TIPS
- Replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home with energy-saving bulbs could save you about $50 per year. For the greatest savings, replace your old incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR-qualified bulbs.
- When remodeling, look for recessed light fixtures or “cans” which are rated for contact with insulation and are air tight (ICAT rated).
- When replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures, use energy-efficient bulbs that are rated for that purpose. For example, the heat buildup in downlights will significantly shorten the life of spiral CFLs.
- Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures. They are available in many styles, distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer convenient features such as dimming.
- Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Be sure to select products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.
- Keep your curtains or shades open to use daylighting instead of turning on lights. For more privacy, use light-colored, loose-weave curtains to allow daylight into the room. Also, decorate with lighter colors that reflect daylight.