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Energy Efficient Lighting

As the cost and environmental impact of energy becomes understood, it is important for everyone to minimize their energy and carbon "footprint". Luckily there are quite a few ways to do this with minimal effort.  The demand for energy, especially clean energy, will only grow as populations increase, so supporting new technology and alternative energy programs is essential to our children's future.

There are many new lighting technologies that save energy and last longer. Replacing standard bulbs with fluorescents is one, and the newest is using LED or light emitting diode bulbs. LEDs are still expensive, but they are dropping fast in price. A typical life of 40000 hours and 15% of the energy usage of a regular bulb, guarantees a fast payback. Many states now require fluorescent fixtures in new construction, and many of our lights meet these requirements with no design changes. We encourage everyone to save energy where ever possible and putting in new light fixtures is the perfect time to do so.

Here are a few ways to save energy:

1. Turn off lights when not in use.

2. Use energy saving bulbs such as compact fluorescents or LED's where ever possible.

3. Use dimmers in rooms that do not always need bright light such as bathrooms or dining rooms.

4. Open windows and use ceiling fans at night when possible.

5. Turn down the temperature of hot water heater, especially during the summer.

6. Keep the thermostats lower in winter and higher in summer. Temperature gain or loss is in direct relation to the temperature
difference inside versus outside the house.

Most of our lights can use energy efficient compact florescent or LED bulbs.  Please call if you have specific questions.

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