This is Day 10 of the Green in 365 series!
Now that we’re inside our homes, one of the rooms that gets a fair amount of use is the living room, or family room in some homes. I’m talking about the space where we hang out with our families, watch TV, listen to music, relax, play games, and more. Most of the tips we’ll talk about over the next few days and weeks will cover the main living area in our homes.
Our family lives in a smaller home, so our living room is the first room you enter in our house. It’s our main living space, and connects to our dining room, so this is where most of our family life happens on a day to day basis. There are a lot of ways that we can make our living spaces more eco-friendly, while still being a place that is inviting and relaxing for our families.
One of the first, and easiest, changes you can make in your living space, is to make sure that you are using energy-efficient lightbulbs in all of your light fixtures. CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs are accessible at many retail locations, and though they cost slightly more than incandescent bulbs, they last up to six times longer and use 75% less energy, saving you around $40 over the lifetime of the bulb. (source)
LED (Light Emitting Diode) lightbulbs are a newcomer to household lighting, but they use between 75-80% less energy and last 25 times as long as traditional incandescent bulbs. (source)
If you switch out 15 inefficient traditional lightbulbs for new energy saving ones, you can save around $50 per year. (source) Use the Energy-Star Guide, and start making the change to energy efficient lightbulbs around your home!
Have you made the switch to energy efficient lighting in your home?
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