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Saving electricity around the home

Energy Efficient Home Lighting

It?s no secret that energy has become more and more expensive in the past year. As a result of these energy price increases, families across the nation are discovering new ideas while embracing old ways of saving energy. Turn off the ceiling lights when you leave the room. Simple right? True, but that doesn?t mean that everyone actually remembers to do it. When electricity bills are low no one ever thinks twice about leaving a few lights on around the house. When electricity bills are high, people start to remember to conserve. Practice turning off ceiling lights and lamps in vacant rooms; you?ll be surprised how often you leave unnecessary lights turned on when its not a priority to turn them off. Use lighting specific to your purpose. Focused lighting such as pendant lighting can sometimes be all you need to go about your tasks at night. Sure, sometimes it?s necessary to turn on all the lights in the room, but more often than not, using a focused pendant light or a nearby lamp can be used without the need for bright ceiling lights. Purchasing CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights) for your household lights can save you a lot of money in electricity. In most cases these bulbs can save you 75% in energy drain and last around 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs. They are now common in almost any size and application and will pay for themselves after a period of use. Save energy right away by replacing old lights with CFLs. Utilize dimmer switches when possible. Dimmer switches allow for the reduced flow of electricity to the light, thereby reducing the light output and minimizing energy drain. If you don?t have any dimmer switches, consider installing them in rooms where ambient light is utilized to reduce eyestrain, such as a TV room. Outdoor light fixtures can also benefit from the installation of motion detectors. This technology provides for the safety of the household while saving on electricity overall. Motion detection can be utilized in a number of different outdoor lighting applications. For example, they can be used to control spotlights and post lighting in the yard. Occupancy motion sensors for interior application are now becoming more common. They commonly replace wall mounted light switches and can turn the ceiling lights and wall lights on when you enter a room and turn them off again when you leave. This can be good for children?s rooms as kids often forget to turn off lights behind them. Finally, with all of these tips being thrown around, remember that the cheapest lighting is natural lighting. Sometimes all you need to do is open the blinds and save on electricity the old fashioned way. With these simple changes in habits and technology, your household can be saving energy immediately.

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