Tips to Save Energy in buildings with new LED lighting

NYCHA is upgrading lighting in many buildings. If you live in one of these buildings, you will receive new kitchen and bathroom light fixtures and long-lasting LED light bulbs. Here are some tips on how to keep saving electricity and help New York City meet its climate goals.

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Enjoy your new LED lights

Energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights last up to 50 times longer than traditional incandescent lights and 10 times longer than CFL bulbs. That means you shouldn’t have to change your light bulb for 10 years! LED lights are also brighter for better visibility in your apartment and hallways.

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Turn off lights and electronics when not in use

Even energy-efficient lights waste energy if they’re left on when no one needs them:

  • Use an LED night light rather than leaving your bathroom light on all night.
  • Turn off the light when leaving a room.
  • Run your air conditioner only when you are home.
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Use smart power strips

Some electronics, like TVs and cable boxes, use electricity even when they are off. Power strips make it easy to kill these “vampire loads”– just plug the electronics in and shut off the strips at night.

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Buy Energy Star

Your NYCHA-supplied refrigerator is already an Energy Star model, which means it’s using 10-50 percent less energy than a non-Energy Star refrigerator. From television sets and small appliances to telephones, there are many energy-saving products available. Check out the Energy Star website for more information.

Sustainability at NYCHA

NYCHA adopted the NextGeneration NYCHA Sustainability Agenda in 2016 to provide healthy, comfortable homes for our residents that will withstand the challenge of climate change. Click on these links for tips to stay cozy in the winter or to view a map of energy and sustainability projects at NYCHA.


Learn more about how you can take easy actions with big impacts to make NYC more sustainable at GreeNYC.