Simple Changes For A Green Home Part 2 - Lighting

Posted by Trevor Sholders on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 2:50pm.

Lighting        
  • Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light.
  • Use the right bulb. Make sure you’re using the appropriate CFL bulb for your light fixture – they come in various sizes and types for different lighting needs.
  • Replace halogen light bulbs, which can get hot enough to be a fire hazard, with CFLs – they use less energy and don’t get as hot.
  • Use motion-detector lights for all your outdoor lighting – they’re convenient and efficient.
  • Recycle your CFL bulbs. Check the CFL recycling page to find out how, where and why.
  • Replace your five most-used light fixtures and/or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® products. If every American did so, we would save about $8 billion per year in energy costs.
  • Consider using timers to turn lights on in the morning and off during the day.
  • Choose outdoor CFLs for outdoor lighting – they last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
  • Select light-colored or opaque lamp shades. Place lamps in corners so they reflect light from two walls.
  • Install fluorescent tubes as an efficient way to light your workshop or playroom.   
Windows
  • Install high-performance windows, screens and films to protect upholstery, wood and artwork from UV rays while saving energy.
  • Eliminate "hot spots" in your home by using High-performance windows, solar window screens and qualified window films.
  • Consider high-performance windows before you replace your AC system. They’re so efficient that they may help reduce the size and cost needed for a AC system.
  • Install high-performance windows with double-glazing and spectrally selective coatings that reduce heat gain and avoid cranking up your AC.

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