The fact that the cost of electricity has gone up considerably over the years, and the probability that it will continue to increase, has been on everyone’s minds. You’re all looking for ways to save money any way you can, and you’ve probably become quite savvy – especially when it comes to knowing energy efficient ways you can power your lighting. If you’re looking for more ideas, you’ve come to right place!
Keep it natural!
It’s not always possible, but try to make the most of natural light by opening curtains and blinds whenever there’s daylight. And make it second nature to turn off lights in rooms that are unoccupied (who are you leaving the light on for – the resident ghost?)
Switch your light bulbs
Many people still haven’t replaced their incandescent bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp) or LEDs (light emitting diodes). These types of lights are especially suitable for areas that require lighting for longer periods. Do keep in mind, however, that they may not be suitable for use with dimmers or timers.
But they cost more, you say. Yes, they do, but that’s just the initial costs, with the end results being considerable savings, because of two things. They last up to twelve times longer their incandescent cousins, and they cost less to run. Even a mix of fluorescent and incandescent lights in your home can impact on your usage!
In any room of the house, make sure the lights are only the minimum wattage required to see clearly. For instance, you don’t need a super-bright light in the guest toilet, but you’d need one for the home office in order to read properly!
Consider your fittings!
Most of us think about the light bulb itself, and don’t think about the fitting being a potential blockage. Some fittings (like those with coloured glass or fabric) can block up to a whopping 50 per cent of the light. You can use bulbs with a lower wattage if you have fittings that aren’t so obtrusive.
Have separate switches
Rather than have one switch that operates a few lights, have separate switches for each light. That way, you only use the lights you really need at one go. Having a two-way switch in rooms with two exits also helps to encourage and make it less tedious to turn off lights before leaving the room.
Timing is everything
Use timers for indoor lighting. If possible, use sensors for outdoor lighting. Too many of us forget to turn off our outdoor lights during the daytime – out of sight, out of mind. Both options are not only better for your pockets, they make your home safer when no one’s at home, or if you’re away on holiday.
It doesn’t have to be a complex science lighting your home in an energy efficient way. A lot of it is common sense and most solutions don’t take much effort. If you follow these tips, and maybe think outside the square a little, you’ll reap the rewards in no time! For more ideas on how to save energy, click here.