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Monthly Energy Saving Tip: Lighting

Posted: 2009-01-15 00:00:00

  • TURN OFF LIGHTS WHEN YOU ARE NOT USING THEM
  • SWITCH FROM INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS TO COMPACT FLUORESCENT LAMPS (CFLs). With an incandescent bulb 90% of the energy used is wasted as heat - only 10% is converted to light. CFLs use about a fourth as much electricity and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, which can be especially useful in hard-to-reach fixtures, where you won't have to replace CFLs for about 5 years. The EPA estimates that a typical household would save $80 each year by switching to CFLs throughout the house.
  • PUT COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS IN HARD-TO-REACH FIXTURES. You won't have to replace them for about 5 years!
  • REPLACE HALOGEN TORCHIERES WITH ENERGY STAR - LABELED COMPACT FLUORESCENT TORCHIERES. They're cheaper to operate and safer to use.
  • KEEP BULBS CLEAN. Dust can cut light output by as much as 25%.
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  • CHECK SALES. Especially during National Energy Month - in October - stores often have sale prices on compact fluorescent bulbs.

published by Lake Country Power