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Lighting uses about 12% of a home’s electricity, so using efficient lighting inside and outside your home or place of business can save money.  For high quality products that are energy-efficent, look for the Energy Star label. The Energy Star program was established in 1992 by the US Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act.

Light emitting diodes (LED) and compact fluorescent lights (CFL) work well inside. Replace incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs with more efficient lightbulbs. Many offices and schools have already made the switch .

Low-pressure sodium (LPS) lamps work well outside. Motion sensors and shielded, downward reflectors also help reduce light pollution by focusing light where it is needed for safety. Limiting outside lighting will save money, keep the neighbors happy, and minimize disruption to wildlife.

Get Energy Star washing machines, dryers, stoves, ovens, and refrigerators. The energy and cost savings are tremendous. Consider the energy footprint when purchasing electronics such as a television or computer. Check with your utility company for rebates.

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