An easy way to lower electric costs is to change out your light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. Learn more below!
Indoor Lighting Tips
- Get into the habit of turning lights off when you leave a room.
- Use only one bulb for light fittings that have more than one socket, or replace additional bulbs with a lower wattage version.
- Use energy-saving light bulbs that can last up to ten times longer than a normal bulb and use significantly less energy. A single 20- to 25-watt, energy-saving bulb provides as much light as a 100-watt, ordinary bulb.
- Consider three-way lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not necessary.
- Consider light wall colors to minimize the need for artificial lighting.
- Use tungsten halogen bulbs for spotlights—they last longer and are up to 100% more efficient.
- Fit external lights with a motion sensor.
- Use high frequency fittings for fluorescent tubes because they cut flicker and are even more efficient than energy-saving light bulbs. They are suitable for kitchens, halls, workshops and garages.
Outdoor Lighting Tips
- Change decorative outdoor lamps. About 8 decorative outdoor natural gas lamps, burning year-round, use as much natural gas as it takes to heat an average-size home during an entire winter.
- Use outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a motion sensor so they will turn on only at night or when someone is present. A combined photocell and motion sensor will increase your energy savings even more.