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Eco-friendly lighting is good for the environment and also helps save money, making it an appealing to first time homebuyers and homeowners. Today you can buy both lamps and light bulbs which come in a variety of energy-saving sizes and designs, from LED to CFL and from large chandeliers to small reading lights. You buy your eco-friendly lighting at most local building supply and hardware stores. When buying your eco-friendly lighting make sure to look for Energy Star certified products, or items that are crafted from recycled materials. Every little bit counts and from beginning to end getting the longest life cycle possible out of all our products is a great way to reduce our waste.

Check with your local power company to see if they offer a programs to supply you with CFL bulbs for free (Next Step Living for SouthCoast regional homeowners and renter) before purchasing. Even if you have to buy the bulbs yourself, this remains one of the most cost-effective ways to green your home, at around $10 for a box of bulbs, and it will start saving you money immediately. In fact, CFLs use around one quarter of the energy of a traditional incandescent light bulb and last much longer, up to 25,000 hours. Just remember that they do contain mercury, so be sure to dispose of them properly when burnout occurs. LED lights last even longer than CFLs at up to 80,000 hours, which is almost a lifetime, making their higher cost worth the investment for many buyers.

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