What are some tips for saving money and energy when it comes to lighting?

| April 26, 2012 | 1 Comment

Apartment energy savings can be huge when it comes to lighting. According to ENERGY STAR, if every home in the United States replaced an incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR rated compact florescent bulb, enough energy would be conserved to light three million homes.

Not only can you do your part to reduce the drain on resources, you can save yourself money as well. Here are some ideas for managing the light use in your apartment:

  • Change the regular light bulbs to compact florescent bulbs. They have a higher initial cost but last longer and use less energy. Remember to dispose of them properly when they burn out; they contain mercury.
  • Use dimmers on regular lights when possible.
  • During the day, open window shades, blinds and curtains to let in natural light rather than turning on lights in the apartment.
  • Light some candles (but never leave them unattended).
  • Turn off lights when not in use or before you leave the apartment.

Just including these simple steps in your day-to-day life can make a big difference when it comes to the bottom line on your electric bill. You can also feel good about the fact that you are living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Category: Going Green

About Geneva McNamara: Geneva McNamara joined Trader Publishing company in August, 2004 after she received her degree from Old Dominion University in History and Political Science. She has worked within the Search Engine Marketing & Search Engine Optimization departments of several Dominion Enterprise divisions. In 2011, She became the Senior Organic Search Analyst for ForRent.com.

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  1. August says:

    Good advice on lighting. We own and operate several historic properties in our Corporate Housing Business (http://ascensioncorporaterentals.com/). Many historic properties have single pane windows and these can be very energy inefficient. I have had very good success improving the comfort and efficiency of these old windows by applying weather-stripping and cellular shades inside and keeping the windows glazed/caulked.
    The beauty of old windows and the natural light they can allow is worth the labor.
    See photos at:
    http://ascensioncorporaterentals.com/featured-properties/sarradet-guest-house-apartment-1/

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