Are you green or going green? There are some easy green tips for lighting such as switching over to CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) and LEDs (light emitting diodes). These bulbs are definitely more energy saving and emit less heat. Thus, in warmer weather, you will also incur energy savings for cooling. Besides from bulbs using eco-friendly lamps and fixtures is the key to going green. Light fixtures made from recycled material are a great step towards greenness! Also, when it’s time to dispose your CFLs or any fluorescent, dispose of it properly since these bulbs do have some mercury content.
If you own any power adapters (the clunky thing on your electrical cord), you should unplug it when not in use since power adapters do draw energy even when the device is off. Or use a power strip so you can just turn on and off the whole strip when not in use.
Probably one of the most practical ways to save energy is making use of daylight. Open up the blinds and enjoy the natural light. Skylights were invented for a reason! As for night time, turn off the lights that you are not using. Let’s say, if you leave a room for more than a few minutes, turn it off. If you really can’t get this down to second nature, install a motion sensor so lights will automatically turn off when no one is in the room. Also, using a dimmer can adjust to the right amount of light needed.
If you’re in an area that provides green power, sign up for it. This usually entails spending a few more dollars a month to support energy in the grid that comes from renewable sources like wind, solar or biogas.