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Bright Ideas

CNR has lit the way since it began with new and inventive ideas and technologies for the lighting industry. We strive to educate and spread the green message in any way we can, covering all ways of saving energy and being more earth-friendly. Here are some tips, facts and definitions to keep you up to date on lighting technology and being “green smart”!

  • LED stands for “light emitting diode.”  An LED is a semi-conductor device that emits visable light when an electric current passes through it. LED’s don’t burn out like traditional bulbs, they simply dim over time. They use 2 to 5 times less energy than an incandescent lamp.
  • Replacing one incandescent light bulb with one CFL will save 150 pounds of carbon per year, which results in reduced pollution and cleaner skies. If everyone in the US used energy-efficient lighting, we could retire 90 average-sized power plants.
  • Use a glass/plastic cup rather than a disposable one.
  • Install a drip irrigation system in your yard.
  • Burn seasoned wood in your fireplace rather than green wood.
  • Support your local farmer’s market and buy local produce. It is most likely better for you and will reduce pollution needed to transport food long distances.
  • If you have more than one car, use the most efficient one and combine errands to one trip as much as possible.
  • “T” lamps are commonly used for kitchens and many commercial ceiling fixtures. The “T” stands for the tubular shape of the lamp. The following number gives the diameter of the tube in eights of an inch. For example, a T8 lamp is 8/8” or 1” in diameter.
  • Unplug lamps, electronics and battery chargers when not in use. These small items can collectively use as much power as a refrigerator.
  • Install a ceiling fan to save on cooling bills in the summer. Use one with a reversible motor that will push warm air down in the winter to save on heat.
  • Use a front-loading washing machine to save on both water and energy.
  • Use wall sconces to illuminate hallways in your home. While adding a decorative touch, they add just enough light for safe passage without wasting light and energy.
  • Take shorter showers and baths since they account for 1/5 of water use in the home. Also, try installing a water-conserving showerhead.
  • Replace your toilet with a new low-flow model. Many utility companies offer rebates for such upgrades. Another option is a dual-flush toilet that uses 1.6 gallons of water to flush solids, but only 1.1 gallons to flush liquids.
  • Use task lighting instead of brightly lighting an entire room. Focus the light on where you need it most, such as LED undercabinet lighting in the kitchen to light the counterspace while keeping your overhead light off.
  • Use CFL wall washers to make a room feel more spacious.
  • Painting is one of the easiest ways to transform a space. Unfortunately, many brands contain harmful toxins. Choose a brand that offers natural paints or paint with low VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).
  • Choose recycled paper and envelopes. Remove yourself from mailing lists you don’t want to be on, saving paper and all that junk mail! When making copies, duplex whenever possible to save 50% on paper. Also, try one of the new printers that use organic ink that is so safe, you could actually eat it! CNR uses one and the quality is fantastic!
  • Always use the local carwash to clean your care. They typically are more efficient with water and often clean and recycle their water rather than letting it go down the drain.
Plant trees and plants that are native to your area. They have a much better chance of survival to provide oxygen and habitat and will require less pesticides and watering.


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