Reduce your consumption and save on energy costs by getting smart about lights! Using more efficient lightbulbs, being diligent about turning lights off, and disposing of bulbs properly can be effective sustainable practices.

Switch to LED Bulbs

The type of lightbulbs you use in your home can matter when trying to save money and reduce personal energy consumption. Using “up to 90% less energy” and lasting “up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs,” according to the U.S. Department of Energy, switching to LED lightbulbs can be a smart choice.

Look for “Energy Star”

Additionally, bulbs with pale blue labels that have earned an “Energy Star” certification have met strict energy efficiency guidelines and have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Try Sensors, Timers or Dimmers

Ensure no energy is going to waste by using lighting technology like motion sensors, timers or dimmers. Motion sensors and timers can automatically shut lights off when they are not needed, and dimmers can make it easy to adjust the power and strength of lights.

Remember to Turn off Lights

Flipping the switch when you leave a room or exit your home can further conserve energy and money. Also, try soaking up the sunlight during the day and leaving the lights off when you can.

Dispose of Bulbs Safely

Look into recycling or reusing your lightbulbs after they’ve burned out. Some bulbs contain hazardous materials, so consult local waste guidelines to ensure you’re disposing of them safely.