Energy-efficient lighting tips for your home
The average household dedicates about 10% to 25% of its energy budget to lighting. That’s why it is essential to get, or at least try, to make your home more energy-efficient. And, if the economic benefits are not enough to convince you to give it a try, you should also consider the environmental benefits.
Ready to make your home more energy efficient? Keep reading the following tips to see how to do it.
Switch to energy-efficient lighting
Years ago, traditional incandescent bulbs used a lot of energy to produce light, which is why they are no longer produced. New lighting standards that were introduced back in 2012 brought other energy- and money-efficient lighting options such as led light bulbs, halogen incandescent bulbs, or CFL (compact fluorescent lamps).
Although these new lighting options may cost you more than traditional incandescent bulbs, on the long-run, they can save you a lot of money because they use less energy to light.
Turn lights off
Do you really need the light in your living room on when you’re sitting in the bed in your bedroom? Most likely not. So, turn it off before leaving the room if you want to reduce your household’s impact.
Turning off the lights in the areas of your home that you don’t spend your time with is a great way to save money on energy bills.
Install dimmer controls
Should you keep your lights on in the middle of the day if your home gets a lot of natural light? Absolutely not! By doing so, you are wasting energy and a lot of money. Plus, you are also not really that eco-friendly.
Lately, there’s a gadget or technology for pretty much everything you want to do, including making your home more energy-efficient.
Dimmer controls are electronic devices that allow you to use the brightness level of lighting in your home. These devices simply adjust the artificial lighting inside your house depending on the fluctuations of the levels of natural light outdoors. You can use these controllers to automatically or manually dim the lights inside your home at certain times when there’s a lot of natural light coming through the windows.
By installing dimmer controls around your home, you’ll save money on your electric bills.
Install task lighting
Task lighting provides you with light suitable for the specific task you are doing inside your home. For example, if you are reading a book before going to sleep, it only makes sense to use task lighting, such as a LED lamp, instead of keeping the ceiling lamp on.
Or, if you are working on your laptop late in the night, a task lighting source can also help you protect your eyes from fatigue and strain because task lights are adjustable depending on your position or your needs and preferences.