LIGHT­ING

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WHY IT MAT­TERS

Be­tween 10 and 15 per­cent of in-home elec­tric­ity us­age comes from light­ing.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

“Go LED,” says Matt. “It’s a no brainer.” Swap­ping out in­can­des­cent light bulbs for LED (light-emit­ting diode) bulbs can save hun­dreds of dol­lars over the course of the bulb’s life­time, which can be an as­tound­ing 10 to 20 years or more. Ac­cord­ing to the DOE, re­plac­ing just five of your home’s most-used bulbs with EN­ERGY STAR LEDs will save $75 in the first year.

Other worth­while fixes: tie dim­mers and timers to in­te­rior lights and mo­tion de­tec­tors to out­door fix­tures. And, of course, al­ways flip the switch when you leave the room.

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