Hints & HELP!
submitted by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appeared in the February
9, 2003 Lincoln Journal Star Newspaper.
you using more light than you need? Lighting uses approximately
15 percent of our residential energy. The quantity and quality
of light around us determine how well we see, work and play.
Light affects our health, safety, morale, comfort and productivity.
Lighting also affects our economy. The U.S. Department of
Energy suggests several ways to reduce energy usage in our
Turn off lights in any room not being used.
Light-zone your home. Concentrate lighting in reading and
working areas and where its needed for safety (stairwells,
To reduce overall lighting in non-working spaces, remove
one bulb out of three in multiple light fixtures and replace
it with a burned-out bulb for safety. Replace other bulbs
throughout the house with bulbs of the next lower wattage.
Consider installing solid-state dimmers or high-low switches
when replacing light switches. They make it easy to reduce
lighting intensity in a room.
Use one large bulb instead of several small ones in areas
where bright light is needed.
Use compact fluorescent lights whenever you can. These new
lights can fit into many incandescent lamp sockets and provide
the same quality of light.
Consider fluorescent lighting for the kitchen sink and counter-top
When purchasing new lamps, consider the advantages of those
with three-way switches. They make it easy to keep lighting
levels low when intense light is not necessary.
Always turn three-way bulbs down to the lowest lighting
level when watching television.
Use low-wattage night-light bulbs.
Keep all lamps and lighting fixtures clean.
Have decorative outdoor gas lamps turned off, unless they
are essential for safety. Just eight gas lamps burning year
round uses as much natural gas as it takes to heat an average-size
home for a winter heating season.
Use outdoor lights only when they are needed.
Consider installing solar-powered outdoor pathway lamps
of high-efficiency sodium lamps for outdoor security lighting.
can save on lighting energy through decorating. Light colors
for walls, rugs, draperies and upholstery reflect light
and, therefore, reduce the amount of artificial light required.
is vital to lighting efficiency. Clean fixtures, lamps (bulbs)
and lenses every six to 24 months by wiping off the dust.
Never clean an incandescent bulb while it is turned on.
Consider group relamping. Common lamps, especially incandescent
and fluorescent lamps, lose 20 to 30 percent of their light
output over their service life.
cut energy consumption from lighting in your home check
the lighting systems in your home. Increase the efficiency
of lamps, ballasts and fixtures. Provide task lighting.
Use day lighting where possible and practical.
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