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Q: Have you ever heard the old adage, “In order to make money, you’ve got to spend money”?

A: We’d bet that you’re nodding your head right now.

If you are interested in saving money, please read on.

Instead of using precious resources like energy, time, and money on wasteful practices, green-friendly companies like Lutron, Crestron, and Control4 offer energy conservation solutions that condense and simplify the nuances of your home into one convenient and efficient control system. It stands to reason that as technology continues to develop in simplicity, versatility, and popularity that the average person is going to includes more devices into their lives. The equation is simple – more technology (a good thing, we assure you) means more power requirements means more electricity on your next utility bill. Everyone is feeling the crunch in some way or another, so people are rationally cutting back where they can. The luxury of a wireless touchpanel controlling your personal theater or the peace-of-mind that integrated security systems bring are second to none in respect to convenience, but a Green Lighting system can pay for itself* AND guarantee steady and sizeable savings from just the reduced cost of use and utility maintenance.

A study by the Energy Conservation Enhancement Project at Louisiana State University suggests that 20% of all electricity generated in the United States is used for lighting, while 50% of this power is squandered on empty rooms, inefficient equipment, and inattentive consumers. That’s a big price to pay for simply forgetting to turn off the lights when turning-in for the night.

A simple system of dimmers, timers, and occupancy sensors will deliver you tangible savings by controlling the wattage of a room while it’s in use, and turning off according to your personal preferences. Energy-conserving lighting scenes can be programmed to work on the schedule of your choosing, moving shades to let in heat when it’s needed in the winter and blocking it in the summer.

Dimming a light bulb by 25% reduces the electricity used by 20% and lengthens the life of the tungsten filament by 4x; a 75% drop in brightness would increase these numbers to 60% energy reduction and a 20x lifespan. Imagine multiplying these savings by every bulb you have in your home or office.

According to Lutron (who has a running tally of kWh conserved by their products here ) installing one lighting dimmer in every U.S. home would save $230 million in electricity usage and reduce CO2 emissions by 4.3 billion pounds – each year. This number is roughly equivalent to taking 370,000 automobiles off the road or shutting down many existing power plants. Control4 estimates that a typical 3-bedroom house would eliminate over 850 pounds of harmful CO2 emissions every year (that’s equivalent to walking instead of driving for a month!)

So go ahead, replace those antiquated switches with smart, smooth, and stylish dimmer switches. Each moment of use is economically sound, because advanced dimming circuitry constantly cycles the current to lights at 120 times a second, faster than the human eye can detect.

Perhaps more appropriately, what you don’t see here is what you get (in savings).

*Actual savings will vary according to the number of dimmers and circuits, and scope of project.

To learn more about how you can have this technology incorporated into your project, contact EDG at (732) 650-9800 or solutions@edgusa.com.

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