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Smart Energy Lighting - Capitol Lighting Lighten Up! Series

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Energy efficiency is top of mind and everyone's new favorite color is green. There are three quick and simple ways to save energy dollars each year: Light bulbs, Photocells AND Ceiling fans. Start saving energy by to switching out standard incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents (or CFLs) like these. For every medium and candelabra based incandescent bulb, there is a compatible compact fluorescent available for you to purchase and start conserving right away. Each compact fluorescent saves about $30 in energy costs over its lifetime, will for pay itself in about 6 months, uses about 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than a standard incandescent. Compact fluorescents are just one great way to conserve energy throughout your home. Let's step outside and see how else we can save. A simple way to save on energy is to make sure that your outdoor lights are only being used when absolutely necessary. All EnergyStar approved outdoor lighting fixtures, like this piece from Minka Lavery, feature photocells. A photocell is small sensor that will force the light fixture to remain off when it is exposed to sufficient light. At sundown, the photocell is inactive, and the light turns on. A regular ceiling fan is a great way to save on energy throughout the year. During the summer, turn your ceiling fan on to a mid or high speed level in the forward direction, which will help to circulate the cool air throughout the room. During the winter, flip your ceiling fan in the reverse direction to help circulate the warmer air that would normally be trapped at your ceiling.andnbsp;
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