Friday March 6
Smart Fish Friday
Conserve your light, turn off fixtures when not in use, and use LED and other wattage lowering options
LESSEN YOUR LIGHTS
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house”. Matt 5;15
How to save electricity on lighting
Lighting is probably the easiest area to save in. Switch to energy saving bulbs.
Save 70-90% right away by using LED or CFL lights. Here is why:
“Traditional incandescent bulbs are small heaters that give off a little bit of light—something you know if you’ve ever touched a bulb that’s been on for a while. These bulbs were technological wonders when they were patented in 1880, but today they are inefficient dinosaurs. They waste energy and money, and they are responsible for millions of tons of global warming pollution.”
LED is better but the bulbs are expensive. You will pay them off eventually but if the cost is too high, go with CFL. Make sure you get them bright enough -multiply by 6, a 10 watt LED is a 60 watt equivalent. But CFLs with a warranty, the cheap ones burn out fast.
Turn off lights when you’re not using them, even for just a few minutes.
The idea that lights (whether regular or fluorescents) use extra electricity to start up is a myth.
Use a motion sensor
Exterior security lights automatically shut off after 1-15 minutes, so you’re not paying to run them all night.
Use the lowest-wattage bulbs for lights that are always on (e.g., stairways).
Replacing 75-watt bulbs with 15-watt bulbs reduces energy usage by 80%. Replacing them with LED or CFL lights saves even more.
Install a skylight.
Using natural lighting saves a bunch of energy and produces a much nicer environment besides. Modern skylights are available which let in only the light and not the heat.