As the days get darker, we turn the lights on earlier and leave them on more each day. Lighting accounts for about a quarter of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Here are some tips from EarthShare to lighten the energy load while keeping your home bright:
- Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. One CFL can last as long as 13 incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy.
- Occupancy sensors activate lights when you enter a room and turn them off after you leave. They are good for areas of infrequent use, such as storerooms.
- Photocells turn lights on and off in response to natural light levels - for example, on at dusk and off at dawn.
- Dimmers reduce the wattage and output of light bulbs and increase their lifespan.
- Clean fixtures and lamps regularly by wiping off the dust (make sure the bulb is cool first).
- Clean or repaint walls. Dirt on surfaces reduces the amount of light they reflect and make the room feel darker.