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How to save energy with lighting

Everybody knows to turn the lights off when you leave a room. But when it comes to lighting tips, there’s plenty more bright ideas to try.

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How many light bulbs in your home could use a boost?

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The average home has about 35-40 light bulb sockets, and in most homes, more than 50% of these still contain inefficient lighting. Take stock of the lights in your home and work to replace them with ENERGY STAR® LEDs to save on your electricity bill.

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Use task lighting and save

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Turn off ceiling lights and use table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights in work and hobby areas as well as in kitchens. You could save up to $6 a year when you focus your lighting to your task.

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Use natural light instead of artificial light when you can

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When the sun's out, a single south-facing window can illuminate an area 20 to 100 times its size. And for each 60-watt bulb you turn off for four hours a day, you can save $9 over the course of a year.

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On at dusk, off at dawn

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Still manually turning your exterior lights on and off? Go automatic by installing photocell sensors that turn lights on when it gets dark and off when it's light. They're a durable, weatherproof and affordable add-on that will save you excess effort and electricity.

Here's a bright idea

Curious about lighting costs? Turn all the lights on for an hour while you read or relax, then switch them off. Log in to MyHydro the next day to spot the difference in your usage.


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Here's a bright idea

True or False

The average home has 40 light bulbs.

True! On average, homes have 40 light bulbs.

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Keep the monsters away with a nightlight

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Do you leave a nightlight on for the kids? Consider an LED nightlight that will use 75% less energy and can last up to 15 years.

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Lead the way with LED exterior lighting systems

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Replace older outdoor incandescent or mercury vapour lamps with LED luminaries that provide similar light output while helping you save energy.

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Only light workspaces that are in use

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Did you know that lighting accounts for up to 40% of the electricity usage at a business? If your business has lighting that can be controlled room by room, turn off lights in unused spaces whenever possible. Using natural light from windows will also help you save.

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How much money could you save by replacing an incandescent light bulb with a LED bulb?

By replacing an incandescent light bulb with a LED bulb you could save up to $100 over its lifetime.

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Predict the future of your next bill

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Log in to MyHydro to review your current billing period and forecast your electricity costs. You can see your consumption (as of the previous day) by month, week, day or even hour, and see the forecasted electricity costs based on your usage to date.