Tips for Indoor Lighting
Indoor lighting serves both functional and ambient purposes. Some people prefer bright, overhead lighting while others are more at home in dimmer, lamp-lit settings. Regardless of your preference, you can certainly save money on your monthly electric bills by changing the way you light your home. Here, we offer several tips that will keep your home lit and inviting, as well as reduce energy use and costs:
- Turn off the lights when you’re not in a room, or consider installing occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.
- Instead of those bright, overhead lights, use task lighting — focus the light where you need it by using lamps and under - cabinet lights.
- Three-way lamps and bulbs allow you to set light bright when you need and save energy by setting the bulb for less light when you don’t need it.
- Replace conventional light fixtures with 4-foot fluorescent fixtures in your garage, workshop, unfinished basement and laundry area.
- Switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in all of your light fixtures and lamps. If you dislike the harshness of fluorescent light, look for CFLs marked “soft white.”
- Maximize the sun’s light by choosing window coverings that allow light inside. Consider blinds that open and close, and try using light — colored, loose — weave curtains.
- Compact fluorescent torchieres use 60 to 80 percent less energy than halogen torchieres. They also can produce more light and the bulbs stay cooler than halogen.
- When you purchase light fixtures and lamps, look for the ENERGY STAR® label.