Indoor Lighting : 7 Ways to Save
Lighting makes you feel comfortable and secure, but it also takes up a big chunk of your energy budget. Fortunately, there are a number of simple, low-cost measures you can take to save money while still getting the high-quality light that you're used to.
- Turn off lights in empty rooms and throughout the house when no one is home.
- Instead of lighting an entire room, focus low-power light where you need it. For example, use a portable lamp for your home office, or under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen.
- Take advantage of natural light during the day by opening blinds, shades and other window coverings.
- Use three-way lamps; they make it easy to save energy by reducing light levels when bright light is not needed.
- Install dimmer switches. Reducing the intensity of light in a room saves energy.
- Replace low-efficiency incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They use up to 80 percent less energy and last much longer.
- Consider installing occupancy sensors to control lights in garages, storage rooms and other areas of the house that are often empty.
Think lumens not watts
When shopping for light bulbs, think lumens not watts. The term lumens refers to the light output of a bulb, while watts is a measure of the amount of energy it uses. For decades, consumers have purchased bulbs based on watts. In today's lighting market—with a variety of energy-efficient lighting products available—it's more important to compare lumens rather than watts.