Itty Bitty Bonzai # 3

March 12th, 2009 - filed under: Furthermore » Itty Bitty Bonzai

Itty Bitty Bonzai is a collection of tiny tips and tricks for living a life more mindful. Small actions, collectively and compounded, become a powerful force of change.

#3   Looking for a new way to further curb your energy consumption? What about incorporating dimmers into all of your home light fixtures?  These easy-to-install devices are especially useful in rooms with skylights or large windows, because they allow you to use less artificial light as needed.  This is a great DIY weekend project – ask for installation instructions at your local hardware store – and just a little of your time invested can incur incredible electricity reduction.

Ready to take it one step further?  If your school or office gets good natural light, suggest that they install dimmable ballasts on lamps and overhead fluorescents throughout the building. In the Multnomah County (that’s Portland, baby!) Building, they added dimming controls to all the fixtures, and now they save an average of $4,000 per year on their electric bill!