Save money and prevent pollution with fluorescent and higher efficiency lighting. Regular incandescent bulbs are inefficient, converting only 10% of the electricity used into light. The other 90% is wasted as heat.
Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting
- More efficient than CFLs.
- Longer lasting than other light sources.
- Higher cost than other light sources.
- Learn more at LED Lighting.
Compact fluorescent bulbs
- Direct replacement for incandescents.
- Provide more lumens per watt.
- Three times more efficient than incandescents.
- Lumens-per-watt comparison.
Replace your halogen torchieres with ENERGY STAR®-certified lamps
Halogen lightbulbs are a fire safety hazard, reaching 700 to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. ENERGY STAR-certified lamps are a safe and energy-efficient alternative, saving about $50 per year in energy costs if used four hours per day.
- Produce natural-looking, high-quality light.
- Equal or more light than 300-watt halogen torchieres.
- Use about one-fourth the electricity.
- ENERGY STAR label means the lamp is energy efficient, reliable and safe.
Outdoor nighttime safety improves with good lighting
- Replace incandescent lights with ENERGY STAR bulbs and fixtures wherever practical.
- Use photo-eye controls to turn lights on at dusk and off at dawn.
- Choose motion detection sensors to provide light only when needed.
- Compare outdoor lighting costs.
- Be a good neighbor. Avoid light trespass and offensive glare by choosing fixtures that don't show exposed bulbs.
Energy-saving lighting tips
- Replace most-used incandescent bulbs and fixtures with ENERGY STAR bulbs and fixtures. You'll save three-quarters of lighting costs.
- Turn lights off when not in use.
- Use photo-eyes and timers rather than leaving lights on.
- Recycle energy-efficient lightbulbs.
For more information
Or call the MGE Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117(608) 252-7117.