|[April 20, 2012]
Lutron Offers Tips for Saving Energy at Home on Earth Day and Every Day
COOPERSBURG, Pa. --(Business Wire)--
Did you know that lighting accounts for almost 15%* of the
average homeowner's monthly electric bill? And that if every home in the
US installed two dimmers in place of two standard light switches, the
potential annual savings could be $1.2 billion in electricity and close
to 25 billion pounds of CO2? That's the equivalent of taking more than
one million cars off the road.
Lutron Maestro(R) Occupancy Sensing Switch (Photo: Lutron Electronics, Co., Inc.)
With a variety of products ranging from dimmers, to sensors, to
automated shades and thermostats, Lutron Electronics makes it easy for
homeowners to save energy throughout their homes, whether you want to
update one room or an entire home.
This Earth Day, it's time to keep that promise that you'll live a more
energy-efficient lifestyle. Here are some tips from Lutron on how to
start saving energy in your home:
Installing dimmers is one of the easiest green home improvements you can
make and it enhances ambiance and creates a mood for romance. The
average homeowner can install one in 15 minutes or less.
Every time you dim the lights you save energy. Dimming incandescent and
halogen bulbs by 25%, for example, saves about 20% energy-and
bulbs last longer, too. Dim more and you'll save even more.
Lutron dimmers work with all types of light sources, from incandescents
and halogens, to dimmable compact fluorescents (CFLs) and dimmable LEDs.
In addition, Lutron has dimmers that automatically save 15%
energy over a standard switch.
In fact, the new C.L dimmer (for use with dimmable CFLs, dimmable LEDs,
incandescents and halogens) can save up to $30 in energy savings,
per dimmer, per year for incandescent and halogen bulbs, and up to
$50** in energy savings, per dimmer, per year, when the C.L dimmer
is used with a dimmable CFL.
An occupancy/vacancy sensor turns lights on automatically when you walk
into a room and turns them off when you leave a room, saving up to
10%*** lighting energy.
A sensor is ideal for rooms where lights are often inadvertently left
on, such as a child's room, garage or laundry room. Lutron has a full
line of sensors, including wireless versions which are easy to install
and have a 10-year battery life.
Energy-efficient Ivalo® light fixtures
CFLs and LEDs already use less energy than standard bulbs, so dimming
these highly efficient bulbs saves additional energy. Fixtures in the
Lutron Ivalo Collecion control high efficiency lighting, including
fluorescents and LEDs. The collection includes the Aliante® 21" interior
demi sconce-which has earned the Energy Star rating by the DOE/EPA.
Automated shades help lower cooling costs in the summer by blocking the
heat that accompanies direct sunlight. Shades can also help reduce
heating costs in winter by welcoming that same warmth during the day and
providing additional insulation at night. In fact, adjusting your shades
based on the season can save you 10-30%**** on heating and
cooling costs. In addition, shades can provide privacy, increase
security, and eliminate glare to enhance your visual environment-all
while protecting furnishings, fine art, rugs and wood surfaces from
harmful UV rays.
Small appliance control
The new Lutron plug-in appliance module allows for switching control of
small appliances and other non-lighting loads. The module receives
commands from sensors or keypads to turn off standby power when the
small appliance is not in use. Many electronics, such as A/V equipment,
computers, and TVs, continue to draw electricity even when they are
turned off. This standby power can amount to up to 10%***** of a
home's electricity use.
Lutron puts temperature control where it makes sense in an easy to use,
aesthetically pleasing design. With seeTemp™, you can conveniently set
the temperature back and save energy simply by pushing the "eco" button.
Temperature control helps you save on heating and cooling costs. Simply
setting back the temperature when a room is unoccupied can help you save
significantly-up to 16% or more******.
Ideal for retrofit applications, seeTemp can be mounted in locations
that would not normally be appropriate for a thermostat, like exterior
walls and sunny spaces. An accompanying wireless, remote, temperature
sensor allows the temperature to be measured in the optimum location.
Lutron products are available from $10 apiece at home improvement
centers, lighting showrooms, electrical distributors, online and from
local electrical and audio/video professionals.
About Lutron Electronics (www.lutron.com)
Lutron Electronics, headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, designs
and manufactures energy-saving lighting controls, automated window
treatments and appliance modules for both residential and commercial
applications. Its innovative, intuitive products can be used to control
everything from a single light, to every light, shade and even stand-by
power in a home or commercial building. They also save energy and make
light bulbs last longer, making them an eco-friendly addition to the
home and workplace. Founded in 1961, Lutron estimates that the installed
base of its products saves the nation nearly 10 billion kWh of
electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year.
Lutron manufactures more than 16,000 energy-saving products, sold in
more than 100 countries around the world.
**$50 savings based on replacing a switch with a Lutron C•L dimmer
and replacing your incandescent bulbs with dimmable CFLs. Actual savings
may vary depending on use and application. A high percentage of the
savings derive from switching from the incandescent to the CFL. Typical
residential savings are estimated to be $22 per year. Stated savings of
$50 based on replacing (5) 65 W incandescent reflector lamps (rated at
1,500 hours each, costing $1.75 per lamp or (5) 3,000 hour halogen bulbs
costing $3.35 per lamp) with (5) 16 W CFL reflector lamps (rated at
8,000 hours each, costing $11.49 per lamp) and dimming for 5 hrs per day
with electricity cost of $0.1176/kWh. $50 savings further assumes lamps
are dimmed to 50% perceived light level, corresponding to 40% reduction
in power level.
***Impact Analysis: 2005 Update to the California Energy Efficiency
Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings; California
****Lutron commissioned simulation by T.C. Chan Center for Building
Simulation and Energy Studies, University of Pennsylvania, September
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