Lighting tips to lower your energy use

When it comes to consuming energy, the world's highest per-person carbon emissions rates are often traced back to that little place you call home. And lighting is responsible for 20% of this total, reflected every month on your electric bill. The good news is you can control the impact lighting has on your electricity usage and decrease overall energy consumption – quickly and affordably.

Light bulbs have come a long way since Thomas Edison invented the first commercially viable incandescent electric light bulb in 1879. Today, this rapidly evolving technology produces light in a way Edison couldn't have imagined. Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs have significantly improved the quality and energy efficiency of existing lighting technologies, including compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and incandescent bulbs.

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Reasons to switch to ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs

Like any other product, not all LEDs are created equal. ENERGY STAR qualified LED bulbs must meet strict efficiency, quality, and lifetime criteria, including:

Replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs can save $45 every year. ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs:

How to reduce your electric bill

Here are additional ways to reduce your electric bill and carbon imprint:

To read about other simple ways to conserve energy, download the Avista Energy Guide.

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