According to the United States' Department of Energy, the average household uses about 10% of it's energy budget on lighting. Switching to more sustainable lighting solutions will allow your home to be environmentally friendly, as well as easy on your wallet. Try some of the following:
-Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can initially cost more than the average light bulb. However, over their longer spanning lifetime, they use less energy, which is better for the environment and your bank account.
-Always turn the lights off when leaving a room. A common myth is that it is better keep lights on all the time to offset that energy spike that occurs when lights are turned on. In reality, the energy spike is extremely small and only equal to a few seconds of use. Turning off the lights is a simple and effective way to save energy, so make sure empty rooms are not using any extra wattage.
-Outdoor lighting has many options, including solar energy, low voltage pathway lights, and motion detection lighting. Choose one of these more eco friendly options instead of leaving the lights on outside all the time.