Tips on Saving Energy in Your Home
The wattage rating tells how much electricity a bulb uses, not how bright it is. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a bright idea. They use less electricity and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. ENERGY STAR® labelled compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs. One 100-watt incandescent bulb produces the same amount of light as two 60-watt bulbs and uses less energy. Cleaning light fixtures regularly removes dust buildup and allows for maximum light output. Standard incandescent bulbs use only 5 to 8 percent of their energy to produce light. The rest is dissipated as heat. Lamps placed where their light can reflect off at least two walls, such as in a corner, provide the most light for your money.
Many devices can help save energy on lighting. Look for automatic timers, motion sensors and dimmers. Linear fluorescent tubes are suitable for your kitchen, bathroom and utility area, and come in all sorts of styles and lengths. Fluorescent lighting fixtures should be metallic, grounded and shielded to prevent electromagnetic interference with other household equipment. A halogen lamp is like an incandescent lamp with a special reflector to improve light focus. Outdoor halogen lighting is great for gardens and pathways, and it uses much less energy than standard incandescent lights. Halogen lighting has light output that is similar to a regular incandescent bulb but uses up to 40 percent less energy.