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Lighting/Electronics

Turn off all unnecessary lights and electronics when not in use.

Lighting

  • Use a small lamp to focus light where it's needed rather than lighting an entire room.
  • Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Newer CFLs consume about 20 percent of the energy incandescent lights use and last 10 times longer, yet produce the same amount of light. If you replace just five 100-watt incandescent bulbs with five comparable 23-watt CFLs, you will save about $100 over three years.
  • Clean lamps and fixtures on a regular basis to maintain maximum illumination levels.
  • Consider dimmer switches or three-way fixtures to help control lighting to the lowest comfortable setting; however, do not use dimmer switches for compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Urge people to turn off lights when leaving a room.
  • Choose lighter colors for walls, ceilings, floors and furniture since dark colors require higher lamp wattage for illumination.
  • Locate floor, table and hanging lamps in the corner of a room where they can reflect light from two wall surfaces and give more usable light.
  • Make sure that outdoor lighting is turned off during the daytime by installing photoelectric controls or timers.

Electronics

  • Some newer TVs, VCRs and other electronic appliances have a "sleep" or "stand-by" mode that allows them to start immediately when you turn them on. When possible, you should switch this option off, eliminating the constant drawing of energy.
  • Consider purchasing a combination unit such as a TV and DVD instead of stand-alone appliances. A combination unit uses less energy.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label when buying electronics. They use less energy, have a low-power mode and helps your equipment run cooler and last longer.
  • Put the AC adapter of your laptop on a power strip that can be turned off (or will turn off automatically); the transformer in the AC adapter draws power continuously, even when the laptop is not plugged into the adapter.