Energy Efficient Lights

Written by Courtney Salinas
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If you're looking for ways to trim your ever growing energy expenses, you can take a look at one of our most treasured and well-used commodities. We take them for granted, but we use them constantly. Try starting your energy conservation with changing your lights.

Light Fixtures

Turning off every light when you leave a room is a great place to start, but there's more you can do. Look at your most used lights. See if you can replace any incandescent lights with fluorescent lights, which use three-quarters less energy. Fluorescent lights don't emit heat like incandescent lights do and fluorescents can last 10 to 20 times longer.

Halogen lights, also known as tungsten-halogen lights, are also a good alternative. They last longer, use less energy, and are brighter at the same wattage than incandescent bulbs. A halogen light bulb is considerably more expensive than a standard incandescent, but one bulb can last 2 to 3 years. Look for lights and light fixtures that say "energy efficient" or have the Environment Protection Agency's Energy Star sticker on them.

Light Bulbs

Something as small and inexpensive as a light bulb doesn't seem like it would have an impact on your energy budget, but it can really make a difference. If you can't replace your incandescent lights with halogen or fluorescent lights, look to downgrading to a lower wattage light bulb, which can also save electricity. You can also purchase incandescent light bulbs that are labeled energy efficient. Remember, though, that 90 percent of the electricity incandescent light bulbs use is lost heat. That can add up to a lot of energy over many years.

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