Developing energy efficient lifestyles are the first step in reducing the environmental impact that humans have on this earth. I made this Instructable to detail many different ways to reduce your impact. The reader's implementation of the tips I provide is extremely important in reducing our impact on the environment as humans.
If a large amount of people practice small "ways" to decrease the environmental impact, then we have accomplished a great deed. One person utilizing the energy efficient practices is great, but one thousand is even better.
Please share the following tips with your friends, family, and peers. Utilizing energy efficient practices on a large scale is the most important reason I made this Instructable.
I attached a PDF file, it has the gist of the tip, just not all the information. Enjoy!
Step 1: Change to CFLs
Here is a good site to help you save electricity.
However, some may argue that CFLs do not last longer, and the recycling of them is a pain. Based on my usage of CFLs, we have only replace one. It seems as if sometimes they are a hit or miss. Sometimes they work great, and other times they are absolutely terrible.
My CFL Instructable will help you out if you have any other questions.
Steps for Purchasing:
1.Well first you have to decide where you will use them. A recommended fixture, is one that is left on 3 or more hours per day. You want to replace the bulbs that you use the most frequently first.
2.Make sure it will fit in your fixture. You wouldn't want to spend money on a CFL, and not have it fit into your fixture!
3.Check to make sure that the CFL is energy star compliant. What is Energy Star Compliant? It is a government that regulates programs and products that help save the environment and save consumers money by using less energy through advanced design or construction.
4.Circline or 2D styles are usually best for most table lamps. These also tend to be the brightest options.
5.Choose the Color Temperature, if listed, that's right for you; for example:
Approx. 2700K = Warm White (looks just like incandescent!)
Approx. 5000K = Cool White (White/Blue, often higher CRI)
6.Does your chosen fixture have a dimmer switch? If so, be sure your CFL choice is labeled to be Dimmable.
7.Avoid using CFL's with photocells unless the control is specifically labeled that is it compatible with CFLs. Timers are an easier option.
- Many furnishing stores/hardware stores have boxes to place your broken CFLs to recycle.
- My energy provider gives half off deals for CFLs. Check if yours does! (I have PECO)