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Home Improvement  /  February 12, 2016

Top 10 Ways to Cut Lighting Costs in Your Home

Cutting lighting costs in your home is easy. A few key solutions can help help save you plenty in the long run, and save the planet at the same time…it’s a win-win! The professionals at Handyman Connection of Eden Prairie are here to help you with 10 ways to cut lighting costs in (and outside) your home.

  1. Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light.
  2. Use the right bulb. Make sure you’re using the appropriate CFL bulb for your light fixture – they come in various sizes and types for different lighting needs.
  3. Replace halogen light bulbs, which can get hot enough to be a fire hazard, with CFLs – they use less energy and don’t get as hot.
  4. Use motion-detector lights for all your outdoor lighting – they’re convenient and efficient.
  5. Recycle your CFL bulbs. Check out the EPA’s CFL recycling page to find out how, where and why.
  6. Replace your five most-used light fixtures and/or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® products. If every American did so, we would save about $8 billion per year in energy costs.
  7. Consider using timers to turn lights on in the morning and off during the day.
  8. Choose outdoor CFLs for outdoor lighting – they last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
  9. Select light-colored or opaque lamp shades. Place lamps in corners so they reflect light from two walls.
  10. Install fluorescent tubes as an efficient way to light your workshop or playroom.

Taking small steps to save energy consumption in your home is not only good for your wallet, but the planet as well! When it’s time to install those new outdoor motion-sensor light fixtures or new ENERGY STAR® fixtures, be the brightest bulb in the box and call on the home improvement and maintenance pros at Handyman Connection of Eden Prairie! Contact us today for your free, no-obligation estimate.

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