A quick way to begin managing your electric usage is to start with lighting.

  • Saving energy can be as simple as turning off a light when you are not in the room.
  • Switching to compact fluorescent light (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs can also make a dent in your utility bill.
    • CFL bulbs use ¼ the electricity that an incandescent one does and they last up to 10 times longer.
    • LED bulbs use only 20-25% of the energy of an incandescent bulb and last 8 to 25 times longer.
  • Keep bulbs clean: dust can cut light output by as much as 25 percent.
  • To begin changing out bulbs in your home, you will find the most efficiency in replacing ones used the most or for extended amounts of time and ones difficult to reach.

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Read the Energy Star FAQ for information about the proper disposal of CFL bulbs.