Lighting Tips

Recycle and Save!

Lighting is one of the easiest places to manage your energy use and save money - and is as easy as changing to energy efficient bulbs.
Making the switch saves on your energy use and protects the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To help you make the switch, many local retailers provide instant DTE Energy discounts on new LEDs.


ENERGY STAR®-certified Light Bulbs
  • Use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Lasts up to 25 years longer and save about $80 in electricity costs over its lifetime.
  • Meet strict quality and efficiency standards that are tested by accredited labs and certified by a third party.
  • Produce up to 90% less heat, so it's safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.

Saving Money

Switching from incandescent bulbs to ENERGY STAR®-certified lighting is the easiest step you can take to save money on your energy bill and help the environment. You can save about $80 in electricity costs over each bulbs lifetime.

Purchasing ENERGY STAR®
Switching from traditional lighting to ENERGY STAR®-certified lighting is a smart move. Retailers offer rebates to offset the cost of energy efficient lighting options.

Switching to LEDs
Switching from old-fashioned incandescent bulbs to LEDs is an effective, simple way to save energy and money. LEDs use 90% less energy without sacrificing light output and can last up to 25 years longer.

Outdoor Lighting
The outdoor porch light is one of your home's most used fixtures. ENERGY STAR®-certified fixtures use as much as 90% less energy and come in a variety of styles and finishes. Many include safety and convenience features such as motion sensors or automatic daylight shut-offs.

Saving with ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR®-certified light fixtures combine attractive design with the highest levels of efficiency. Replacing five fixtures in your home with ENERGY STAR®-certified models could save you $70 a year in energy costs.

Inefficient Incandescent Bulbs
Traditional incandescent light bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light and 90% of the energy is given off as heat. That loss of energy is money we are throwing away.

Environmental Impact
If every American home replaced their 5 most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR® certification, it would save $9 billion each year in energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions from 10 million cars!

Decorative Lighting
ENERGY STAR® certified decorative light strings use 75% less energy than conventional incandescent light strands and can last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent strands, meaning fewer light string replacements. They are also cooler to the touch, reducing the risk of fire and don’t have moving parts, filaments or glass, so they are much more durable and shock-resistant than other light strings.

  • Are available in a variety of colors, shapes and lengths.
  • Come with a three-year warranty.
  • Are independently tested to meet strict lifetime and electrical requirements.
  • Products labeled for outdoor use are subjected to weathering tests.
  • Some models deliver features such as dimming and color shifting.
  • If all decorative light strings sold in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR®-certified, the energy cost savings would grow to about $850 million each year and we would prevent over 9.9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually — equal to those from about 940,000 vehicles!

ENERGY STAR®-certifiied LED Decorative Lighting
LEDs are exceptionally energy efficient when producing individual colors, many using up to 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light. For example, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs — enough to light two 24-foot (7.3-meter) strings.

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