10 LEED Strategies to Green Your Home


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Turn Down the Lights

CFLs are most effective in high-use rooms like the kitchen or living room.
CFLs are most effective in high-use rooms like the kitchen or living room.
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No, you don't need to live in the dark, but you can seriously reduce the energy wattage needed to light up your home by installing ENERGY STAR-labeled lighting fixtures and using ENERGY STAR-labeled compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of conventional incandescent light bulbs. Remember that CFLs are most effective in high-use rooms, such as the kitchen or living room, where the lights on are on for hours at a time.