Lighting

7 ways to Green Your Lighting

Give your home an eco-friendly glow. Start by swapping out incandescent bulbs for more efficient options: LEDs are supreme energy savers, followed by CFLs. Then use your lights more efficiently by automating light controls (with timers and motion sensors) and employing task lighting options.

  1. Choose LED lighting

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    LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are more expensive than CFLs, but these durable and efficient bulbs are viewed very favorably by experts and consumers and are already available in many fixtures.

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  2. Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs

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    More expensive up front than incandescent bulbs, these energy-efficient bulbs will save money by cutting your energy costs for close to a decade.

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  3. Recycle CFL bulbs

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    If you're got some non-working CFL bulbs, don't throw them away! Recycle them to ensure the mercury they contain is safely handled and kept out of the environment.

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  4. Install light timers and motion sensors

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    Take the worry out of light-switching by getting some of these automation devices for lamps, Christmas lights, spotlights, closets, and more.

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  5. Use a floor lamp or desk light to save energy

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    Using smaller light fixtures for more specific areas helps save money and energy since individual lamps provide more efficient illumination.

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  6. Choose ENERGY STAR light bulbs and fixtures

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    Buy a floor lamp, desk light, or CFL light bulb with the ENERGY STAR logo and you'll be saving up to 75 percent on electricity compared to other options on the store shelves.

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  7. Buy an ENERGY STAR skylight or solar tube

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    Let the (power-free) sunshine in—through the roof, that is. Daylighting designs allow you to see what you're doing without electrical lights, saving you money and greenhouse gas emissions, too.

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Comments

05/14/2008
1:31pm
flowergrrl

I have more of a quandry than a comment: How do you effectively approach the decision makers of your company to even find out what green standards they already have and to suggest potential changes? The office building I'm working in doesn't exactly have an "open-door policy" when it comes to the administration.

09/04/2008
12:54pm
greengoddess

Most med-lg companies now have someone who is responsible for sustainability, or the environment or energy etc...so first see if this person exists. If they do, they should be able to provide this info. If not, ask around re who MIGHT have this info. Sending a caring, non-threatening email saying you'd love to talk with them about these issues, may actually be well received--give it a try.

10/03/2008
1:28pm
Maryruth

flowergirl,

I'd say show them the hard facts! We've got a TON of information on greening your office here: http://www.greenyour.com/office, including many resources that should make it a snap to show your building manager the financial benefits of going green.

05/04/2009
10:23pm
greenwolf

yes many companies are "talking" green but not really doing much about it. I would probably start by finding out who the purchasing agent is that purchases supplies and ask them about energy efficient light bulbs or recycled paper etc...they are usually lower on the corporate totem pole so that should not be too intimidating. If your company is truly huge and you have no idea even where purchasing is done then maybe you could start by suggesting some smaller discretionary items to your local office managers. I went out and purchased a couple of recycling bins for our office. Hope this helps.
Zev

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