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.
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.
More expensive up front than incandescent bulbs, these energy-efficient bulbs will save money by cutting your energy costs for close to a decade.
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.
Take the worry out of light-switching by getting some of these automation devices for lamps, Christmas lights, spotlights, closets, and more.
Using smaller light fixtures for more specific areas helps save money and energy since individual lamps provide more efficient illumination.
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.
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.