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10 Surefire Ways to Save Energy and Stay Warm This Winter

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Revamp Your Indoor Lighting


About 11% of the energy bill in an average household is from lighting. Shorter days and more time spent indoors mean you will be turning on more lights inside your home. Switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFL bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last up to 10 times longer. Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room, even if you will only be gone for a short amount of time. You might consider installing a timer or occupancy sensor to reduce the amount of time your lights are on. Also, try task lighting - instead of lighting up an entire room, use a light that focuses only on the area you are working in.

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