Lighting accounts for 6% of the total energy use in the average home in the United States and costs between $50 and $150 per year in electricity.
That’s not as much money as it takes to operate a heating and cooling system, but it is enough to make some energy efficiency modifications.
Lighting is a visible energy user, so it’s a great place to start teaching kids to be mindful of wasting energy.
There are several simple things you can do to keep lighting costs to a minimum.
- Avoid wasting lighting energy by turning off lights when they aren’t needed.
- Fluorescent lighting is much more economical than incandescent lighting. It produces about four times more light with the same amount of energy and lamps last 10 to 15 times longer.
- Compact fluorescents allow you to use fluorescent lighting in places you never could before. Begin replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents wherever practical.
- Install occupancy sensors so lights go off automatically in unoccupied rooms.