Of course, there are some obvious suggestions, like turning off lights when you're not in the room. But here are some other lighting tips that you might not have thought about.


The sun is great for tanning, growing flowers and lighting your home. Use daylight whenever possible, rather than turning on redundant overhead lighting.


Try to keep your light fixtures and bulbs clean. We know that sounds a bit odd, but did you know that dirt can absorb as much as 50% of the light?


Replace that halogen torchier with a compact fluorescent torchier and save up to $30 per year. Then, replace all your old incandescent bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs and could cut your light bulb energy usage by 75%.