How To Go Green Without Breaking The Budget

by admin on September 19, 2010

Many of us today are very conscious of our effect on the environment. We want to do our part to keep our environment clean and healthy for years to come. Not everyone can afford solar panels to place on their home, or wind energy units. Going green can seem very expensive at times, but there are more budget friendly options available. If you are trying to find ways to help the environment, but also stay on budget we have the answer for you. Simply changing your light bulbs can save tons of energy. LED lighting can be your energy efficiency go-to product.

LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lighting is more efficient, durable, and longer lasting than other lighting options such as florescent and incandescent. LED’s omit light in a certain direction making them more efficient for lighting an area. This type of light can use 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. This is a great way to make your home more efficient and it is budget friendly. Be sure when you pick out your LED lights they are Energy Star rated.

3 Ways to Use LED Lighting In Your Home

  1. Replace all your standard ceiling fixtures with LED lights. The most common place to start replacing your bulbs is with all your ceiling fixtures. Most every room in your home has a lighting fixture. Think of all the money you can start saving. If each room has 2 bulbs per fixture this can really add up.
  2. Outdoor lighting is commonly forgotten when we are replacing bulbs, but it needs to be addressed. Often times we leave lights on outside at night to keep our homes illuminated and secure. This means the lights are on for over 8 hours. You definitely want to upgrade these bulbs to LED.
  3. Smaller lighting features throughout our home can really add up. Lamps, under the cabinet lighting, lights in our garage or workshop, and task lights can really add up to a lot of savings. Scan your entire house for lighting features that you may not think of off the top of your head. All these little things add up to a lot of lights and a lot of energy you could be saving.

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