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Energy Efficiency Series: Lighting Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Series: Lighting Efficiency

If I were to ask you what consumes the most energy in your home or office building, what would you guess? Air conditioning? Powering up computers or copiers?lighting efficiency in the office

Actually, the chances are that keeping the lights on takes up more energy than those things combined!

One site says that if everyone replaced the 5 most-used fixtures in their homes with ENERGY STAR® fixtures and bulbs, we could save $8 billion per year.

Another expert I heard at an energy conference stated that if everyone in the US switched to fluorescent and CFLs, we could close down 109 power plants. Maybe that’s overstating it, but the savings can be huge, meaning more money in your pocket.

And the good news is that in most instances, lighting is the single EASIEST and LEAST EXPENSIVE upgrade to make. Often it’s a DIY project. [Read more…]