Curbing Your Consumption:
Shedding some light on the subject
By John Ford and David Chernushenko
The first line of offence in saving lighting energy is the Compact
Fluorescent or CF bulb. Today there are a wide variety of shapes and
capabilities available for about $5. Low temperature, dimmable, and
floodlight styles are available. CFs use less than a quarter of the
energy and last much longer. That is large savings in applications
where lighting is required for more than a few minutes at a time.
For places which require a variable amount of light, consider using a
dimmer. A dimmed bulb uses less electricity and has a longer lifespan.
If you require lighting for safety in hallways, consider low wattage
lights, or InfraRed (IR) switches, timers, or a combination.
One 100 watt porch light which is on whenever it is dark costs about
$44 a year. An IR detector can be self installed for under $20 and
will turn the light on only when needed. On for 20 minutes a day, you
have saved the cost of the switch in only 6 months.
As you take down your Christmas lights, think on to next year and look
They use a fraction of the power of incandescant
John Ford is a technology consultant, and owner of a small energy
conservation business. He has won the Green Party nomination in Ottawa
South for the upcoming federal election.
David Chernushenko is a sustainability advisor to business,
governments and homeowners and the federal Green Party candidate for