Cheerful LED lighting uses less power and saves money.
Cut your power use by letting in daylight when the sun won't overheat it. If building new construction or remodeling, extend eaves to let daylight in without overheating in summer/fall. Lighter wall colors soak up less light.
Light tubes direct daylight from the sky through a highly reflective tube into the living or working space. Like day-lighting through windows, the light is free and has an especially nice color.
Replace incandescent bulbs now with Energy Star-rated LED bulbs to burn much less power for comparable light. Replace CFLs when they burn out; dispose of them as described below. LED lamps are available in "warm white," "cool white" and "daylight." Using the same color throughout the room looks best.
Use this worksheet to calculate how much money and carbon pollution you could save by switching from incandescent or CFL bulbs to LED bulbs.
Ceiling "trough" fixtures burning 4' or 8' long, T12 tube lamps (1.5" in diameter) should be re-lamped with LEDs as soon as practical. Consider re-lamping T8 tube lamps (1" diameter), too, since L&GE offers attractive rebates. Some relamping projects can include delamping, where two-three LED tube replace four fluorescent tubes.
Note: Converting an existing fixture from fluorescent to LEDs requires wiring around the old ballast. Contact LCAN for additional guidance.
Replace Exit Signs
Exit signs use power 24/7/365. Replacing incandescent exit signs with new, LED fixtures cuts costs quickly. They're available with or without emergency floodlights. You also will save still more money in reduced labor from not having to replace burned out lamps annually. Plus, LG&E offers a $10/fixture rebate.
All fluorescent light bulbs and tube lamps contain Mercury -- a potent neurotoxin -- even the tube lamps with green end caps. Please dispose of spent fluorescent lamps properly. Visit HazBin for more info. Some Home Depot and Batteries Plus stores also accept spent lamps for proper disposal..