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Lightning and Electronics

Plug Into Savings

Simple changes in your daily routine can reduce the amount of electricity you use at home and increase your savings.

TV Time

The TV you choose - and how you use it - determines how much energy it consumes. If you’re concerned about how much energy your TV uses, consider buying a smaller TV or an LED TV that uses less power or watch less.

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TV TimeBuyer's Guide

Use & Care

  • Use a surge protector to completely turn off electronics when not in use
  • Reducing your TV’s light output may reduce energy use by up to 50%
  • Find tips to cut down on “phantom” energy use on our small electronics & appliances page
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Buyer's Guide

  • LCD technology uses only a fraction of the energy of a plasma TV
  • The most efficient TVs are LED LCDs that let you adjust backlight up or down
  • Get a model with an energy saver mode, and remember to manually set it when you get your TV home
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Computing Energy Use

Improve computer efficiency by powering down and avoiding “phantom” energy use. Consider upgrading to a flat panel LCD monitor, lower the brightness, and upgrade your video card. A more powerful video card is more efficient.

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Computing Energy UseBuyer's Guide

Use & Care

  • Turn your computer off at night to save energy
  • Use a surge protector with all electronics and turn it off at night
  • Enable the power management options on your electronics
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Buyer's Guide

  • Select desktop and laptop models with solid-state hard drives
  • If you use a monitor, upgrade to an LCD screen, which uses only a fraction of the energy of older models
  • Consolidate your office equipment into a single low-speed Multifunction Machine (MFM) to save energy, money and space
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Stop Energy Thieves

Reduce the energy load of your small electronics and appliances. Get into the habit and follow this mantra: turn it off, unplug it, optimize settings measure your use with a monitor/meter, and save.

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Buyer's Guide

  • Unplug cell phones, blenders and electric toothbrushes when not in use
  • Consider smart power strips that automatically turn off electronics when they have not been active for a while
  • For more tips visit our FAQ & Tips page
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Get Enlightened About Efficiency

From upgrading your bulbs to opening the blinds, there’s a wide range of energy-efficient options for home lighting.


Indoor Lighting

Set the mood for savings with dimmers, timers, and more. Turn lights off whenever possible and try to work by daylight. Try LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs and check to see if rebates are available when you buy them.

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Indoor LightningBuyer's Guide

Use & Care

  • Use natural daylight when available for its economic, environmental aesthetic benefits
  • Choose compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) over incandescent bulbs to reduce mercury released into the atmosphere
  • For more tips visit our FAQ & Tips page
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Buyer's Guide

  • The Energy Star® logo recognizes top-performing lighting options for energy efficiency
  • Choose CFLs and LEDs over incandescent bulbs for higher efficiency and longer bulb life
  • For more tips visit our FAQ & Tips page
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Outdoor Lighting

Use 75-90% less energy by choosing more efficient outdoor lighting options. Set your lights on a timer to save money and improve security. Use the power of the sun and try solar outdoor lighting fixtures. They are easy to maintain and install.

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Outdoor LightningBuyer's Guide

Use & Care

  • Mounted floodlights are an efficient way to light large outdoor areas
  • Position outdoor lighting fixtures on rough surfaces with low gloss to minimize glare
  • For more tips visit our FAQ & Tips page
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Buyer's Guide

  • Solar-powered landscape lights are easy to install and require no wiring
  • Use CFLs in enclosed fixtures for small area lighting, and halogen PAR flood lamps for efficient large-area lighting
  • For more tips visit our FAQ & Tips page
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