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Ten Ways to Save with Lighting

Take the Energy Star Light Pledge

The ENERGY STAR Change the World Campaign is a national call-to-action from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to encourage every individual to help change the world by taking individual steps to fight against global warming.  New Jersey's Clean Energy Program has made a commitment to do our part to save energy and help protect the environment. Join us and take the ENERGY STAR Change a Light Pledge to change at least one light at home to an energy efficient one.  Learn about Home Depot's CFL recycling program to ensure you dispose of them properly or visit recycleabulb.com to learn more about recycling your compact fluorescent light bulbs.

  1. BulbChange five lights.
    Replace your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures, or the bulbs in them, with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR. By making this change, you can save more than $60 a year in energy costs. The five most frequently used lights typically include: 1. Kitchen ceiling; 2. Living room table lamp; 3. Living room floor lamp; 4. Bathroom vanity light; and 5. Outdoor porch or post lamp.  
  1. Buy 1 instead of 10.
    Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) last up to 10 times* longer than standard incandescent light bulbs and can save you more than $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
    * Based on a 10,000 hour CFL life and a 1,000 hour incandescent bulb.

     
  2. Consider the environmental savings.
    Your home can be responsible for twice as much air pollution as your car. If one room in every US household was brightened by ENERGY STAR qualified lighting we’d prevent air pollution equivalent to the emissions from 8 million cars. There are some savings that are worth more than dollars and cents – changing the world can be as simple as changing a light!Environment

     
  3. Buy products with a strong warranty.
    A warranty is a great way to avoid unnecessary replacement costs. ENERGY STAR light fixtures come with a 2-year warranty -- double the industry standard. That’s a smart investment.

     
  4. Keep cool with a ceiling fan. Fan
    By replacing an old ceiling fan with a new energy efficient ENERGY STAR qualified ceiling fan/light combo unit you can save $15-25 a year on energy bills. Qualified ceiling fans have optimized fan blades and motors that move air 20% more efficiently than traditional models. Cool-to-the-touch lighting allows the fan to cool you without competing with heat from traditional halogen or incandescent lights. These newer, more efficient fans with lighting are decorative, practical and will help you save energy and money.

     
  5. Use dimmers.
    Dimmers not only allow you to set a mood by providing a range of light output, but can also help decrease energy costs associated with lighting. If you are looking for an ENERGY STAR qualified lighting product that works with a dimmer, be sure to see the manufacturer’s product details, as many fixtures and bulbs are manufactured for use only on standard wall switches. 

     
  6. Flip a switch when leaving a room.
    Saving energy and money can start by not wasting energy. When you leave a room, turn off the light to enjoy savings.

     
  7. Safety (and savings) first.
    The bulb in a halogen torchiere lamp burns at between 700-1,100 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to fry an egg. ENERGY STAR qualified torchiere bulbs not only operate at much cooler and safer temperatures, they last up to 10 times longer than standard halogen bulbs, saving you approximately $75 in energy and bulb replacement costs over their lifetime.

     
  8. Put your lights on a schedule.
    There are many products available to help ensure your lights are on only when you need them. Install timers that automatically turn lights off and on according to your needs. Use motion detectors on your outdoor fixtures for safety and to prevent lights from being on all night. Look for outdoor lighting products with photo cells or photo sensors that allow lights to come on only when the sun is down. All ENERGY STAR qualified outdoor fixtures come with photocells or photo sensors. Photocells can be purchased for other types of outdoor lighting if you are not currently planning to replace your incandescent or halogen outdoor lighting and you'd like to save energy.

     
  9. Start with lighting.
    Replacing your home’s five most frequently used fixtures, or the bulbs in them, with ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR, is one of 5 simple actions that New Jersey's Clean Energy Program is encouraging everyone to do to make their home more energy-efficient. Other actions Americans can take include: 1. Look for products that Househave earned the ENERGY STAR rating, including home electronics and appliances; 2. Heating and cooling your home smartly; 3. Sealing your home with adequate insulation; and 4. Telling family and friends—help spread the word that energy efficiency is good for your home and the environment. The typical household spends $1,400 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save up to 30% or $420 a year, on your energy bills. Learn more about improving the energy efficiency and comfort of your home.

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