Over the past decade, the general population has become much more aware of the serious environmental issues that are facing our planet. Documentary movies by Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio have shown people that we need to start trying to fix the problems now to ensure future generations will still have a clean planet to live on.
Along with telling people to recycle and not to litter, environmental groups have made a strong push in recent years to inform the masses about the benefits of energy conservation. For instance, five to 10 percent of the total amount of energy used in an average house in the U.S. is for lighting. This lighting energy can cost between $50 and $150 every year. While that is not an enormous amount of money, why pay it if you do not need to?
Here are some ways to make your home more energy-efficient when it comes to the lighting you use. By following these tips, you can save money on your electrical services and help the planet at the same time.
1. Use Natural Light
Why switch on a light when Mother Nature can do the same job for free? It seems like a no-brainer, but people still insist on using electric lights in broad daylight. A skylight or window in the correct position can produce the same amount of light as dozens of light bulbs, assuming it is not a very cloudy day. To allow the natural light to work for you in the most efficient way possible, you may need to install more skylights and rearrange the furniture in your rooms. Venetian blinds or reflective louvers can also help you get the light deeper into your room.
2. Switch to Compact Fluorescent Lamps
The majority of lighting that is produced by incandescent lights can be produced just as efficiently by compact fluorescent lamps. One of the best and easiest ways to reduce energy consumption and your electrical services bill is to eliminate all of your incandescent lamps and replace them with compact fluorescent lamps.
3. Reduce Background Light
If a person reduces ambient or background light levels and contrasts light exactly where it is required, a large amount of energy can be saved. This particular method is known as task lighting. It is commonly implemented in most office buildings. However, it is equally as effective if used in a house. Keep the lights on the ceiling turned off. Instead, install recessed or track lights to light up the kitchen table or your desk.
4. Tube fluorescent lighting
Tube fluorescent lamps that contain electronic ballasts are not what most people think of when they imagine fluorescent lights. These lights are now a smart choice for places other than a workshop in your basement or garage; they are perfect to produce energy-efficient lighting for bathrooms, kitchens and around the perimeter of a living room.