By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified models, you can save $45 each year.
Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Be sure to select products that are compatible with the energy efficient bulbs and fixtures you want to use.
Keep your curtains or shades open to use daylight instead of turning on lights. For more privacy, use light-colored, loose-weave curtains to allow daylight into the room. Also, decorate with lighter colors that reflect daylight.
Choose small, energy efficient task lights for computer work, reading, or other focused work on desks and tables.
Look for LED products and fixtures for outdoor use such as pathway lights, step lights, and porches. Many have features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors. You can also find solar-powered outdoor lighting.
Choose ENERGY STAR decorative light strings for your holiday decorating. They use 75% less energy than incandescent strands and are cool to the touch, reducing the risk of fire.