It is expensive to keep the lights on. According to the Department of Energy, lighting accounts for 20 percent of electricity costs in the US. The average home has 30 light fixtures. Here are some tips on how to save energy and a few things you can do to reduce energy costs and save money just by how you use your lighting.
- Turn off the lights – Your parents were right, turn the lights off when you’re not using them. This sounds too straightforward but simply flipping a switch when you’re leaving a room actively stops a wasteful energy behavior.
- Put your lights on a schedule – This is a good tip for outdoor lighting as you can program outside lights to be on when you need them and off when you don’t.
- Install motion sensors – This helps you keep your lights off when you don’t need them. The lights are only on when the room is occupied. This is good if you have smaller children who probably won’t think to shut off lights when they are done using them.
- Install smart lighting systems – Everything is getting “smarter” including watches, cars, phones, and now even your home lighting can be configured for your specific use. You can even shut off remotely with a few taps on your smartphone.
- Use natural light – Instead of having the lights on during the day, why not open the drapes or blinds instead?
- Install dimmers – Not only can this adjust the mood in a room, but it also reduces the amount of energy that your fixtures use. Further, you can use task lighting in craft areas or desks instead of strong overhead lights.
- Clean your light fixtures – Dust can accumulate on fixtures and bulbs and block light.
- Look at lumens and not wattage – As consumers, we are more familiar with wattage when it comes to buying light bulbs. Lumens are a measure of light output and a better indicator of how bright a bulb will be.
- Change five fixtures – What fixtures do you use the most? Typically, these include kitchen ceiling fixtures, living room table lamps, porch lights, and bathroom vanity lights. By changing the bulb in your five most frequently used fixtures to something more energy efficient, you can save more than $60 a year in energy costs. And the best bulbs to switch to are…
- Use LED light bulbs – The initial cost may be more than traditional lighting, but the long-term benefits of LED far outweigh this in energy savings. LED lights last longer, are energy efficient, are eco-friendly, and durable. In fact, a properly cared for LED lamp under optimal conditions will last 10-15 years. Compare this to 1 year for incandescent bulbs, and you can see how LED lighting can impact far more than your energy bill.
For more information about how LED lighting can transform your home, call Energeia for a free consultation today!