Lighting typically accounts for about 17% of residential electricity use, but there are easy ways you can reduce energy consumption by lighting in your residence without compromising lighting quality or convenience.
1. Turn off the lights when you do not need them.
2. Install (and use!) dimming controls where possible.
3. Use photoelectric lighting controls such as motion or occupancy sensors or timers to automatically turn off lighting, especially outdoors.
4. Use the lowest wattage and most efficient bulb that will properly fulfill your lighting needs.
Compact fluorescent bulbs, for instance, provide excellent energy-efficient lighting for laundry rooms, storage rooms, kitchen and baths. LEDs are very efficient light sources for a growing number of applications, such as undercabinet lighting, task lighting and outdoor step lights.
For tasks such as reading, however, incandescent bulbs are often still the best choice because of their brightness. To be as energy-efficient as possible, use halogen incandescent bulbs instead of standard bulbs.
5. Look for products that carry the ENERGY STAR symbol. These products have had to undergo more rigorous testing to earn the label thus ensuring a higher quality product in terms of efficiency.
A Resource To Better Understand The Transition To More Efficient Light Bulbs
The American Lighting Association, along with the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, is one of three charter members of Lighting Understanding for a More Efficient Nation, or LUMEN.
LUMEN is an ad-hoc coalition of organizations and professionals united to educate consumers about energy-efficient lighting choices and the benefits of today’s energy-efficient lighting products.
The LUMEN website, www.lumennow.org, offers homeowners tips on better understanding their lighting options, the transition from watts to lumens, and which light bulb is best for the proper application.