Replace your high-use incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They use up to 75 % less electricity and last up to 10 times longer.
Whenever you leave a room, get into the habit of turning off the lights.
Disposal of CFLs: CFLs contain small amounts of mercury. We encourage you to dispose of your used bulbs in an environmentally friendly manner. Please contact your local municipality for proper disposal.
Motion sensors are ideal for rooms where you may forget to turn off the lights.
Use area or task lighting instead of full, overhead lights. For task lighting consider light emitting diodes (LEDs). They provide focused lighting, making them a great choice for tasks such as reading lights, desk lamps, night lights, spotlights, security lights, signage lighting etc.
The light will be bright where you point it.
LEDs are long-lasting, durable and cool.
LEDs can reduce energy consumption. They use a fraction of the wattage of incandescent bulbs.
Maximize the amount of natural daylight.
Nightlights will give you the light you need in hallways but remember to turn them off in the morning. Consider purchasing a night light with a daylight sensor so it will turn off automatically.
For those lights that are on all night, use the lowest wattage bulbs possible.
Make a point of keeping your light fixtures clean for maximum light.
Install dimmer switches and use dimmable CFLs. Check the packaging for compatibility.
Install programmable timers or motion sensors on interior and exterior lights.
Use solar-powered lights for outdoor lighting.
Upgrade fluorescent T12 fixtures with the newer T8 (T8 tubes are 1 inch in diameter) fluorescent tube fixture that uses an electronic ballast, and has many advantages over the T12 fixture and magnetic ballasts. They use 35 % less electricity; maintain their light level much better (only 8 % lifetime light reduction instead of 40 % ; are quieter. The electronic ballast does not ‘hum’ like a magnetic ballast; lights up much more quickly. The ballast does not have to warm up like a magnetic ballast.
Remember the Canadian government has pledged to phase out inefficient incandescent bulbs by 2012.