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Published: Wednesday, 11/16/2005

Little Changes Can Add Up to Large Savings

No one enjoys coming home to a dark house on a long and cold winter night. Not only can it be dangerous -- hiding slick icy patches or potential burglars -- it also doesn't project the cozy curb appeal homeowners desire. However, keeping entryways illuminated during much of the night can prove costly -- both for you and the environment.

Did you know that the wasted or expended energy and loss of heat from standard incandescent lighting emits harmful greenhouse gas emissions into the air? Not to mention how expensive it is for you when power plants must maintain a certain level of energy to keep your home illuminated. The truth is, you can save more than money by switching your lighting fixtures to Energy Star(R) labeled fixtures.

You can save money and energy by using Energy Star lighting in areas where you keep lighting on for long time periods such as foyers, family rooms and outdoors at porches and garages. These specially designed light bulbs and fixtures meet high standards for energy efficiency and use up to 75 percent less energy without sacrificing quality. Additionally, most bulbs are tested to last at least 10,000 hours.

If you think you have to sacrifice style or are concerned that the color of fluorescent lighting is too ugly, think again. Today's energy-efficient lighting is so much more advanced than the old "flicker, hum and green-glow lighting" of years ago.

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