Nowadays, it is crucial that we take part in protecting and saving our environment. Homeowners are highly encouraged to create a more energy efficient home because of the many environmental benefits we get from it. We all know how the environment and energy are closely related.
Creating ways to save on energy does not only help us save money on our electrical bills but it also helps us save our environment. One of the easiest ways to reduce electricity consumption at home is by converting to green lighting alternatives. Most of us may not be aware of it but the lights we use and how we light up our homes greatly impacts the environment but it also affects our health and well-being.
Yes, they do that’s why we have to be careful in making the right lighting choices. Among the leading options these days are LED (Light Emitting-Diode) and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp). Initially, some may junk the idea of using them because of their initial cost but in the long run they cost less to operate saving you more money while helping you reduce your carbon emissions. To help you start creating an energy efficient home through green lighting strategies, here are four important tips you have to keep in mind.
1. Install LED lights
The LED technology has become everyone’s favorite nowadays because of how energy efficient and durable they are. Compared to other lighting options in the market, they consume less energy and last longer as well. An LED bulb consumes less power by up to 80-90% and lights up faster as well. A 16-watt LED light bulb has equivalent brightness to a 150-watt halogen light.
It also has an average lifespan of 30, 000 hours which means that it can last up to more than 20 years of being used for 4 hours each day. It is considered to be the top green lighting choice in the market in terms of long term savings and power consumption. If you’re planning to replace your old lights bulbs with LED, make sure to hire a trusted electrician for the proper installation of your LED lights.
2. Use Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL)
Have you seen those ice cream figured swirly lights? That’s one of the most popular shapes of CFLs although they come in a number of shapes, sizes and colours. Contrary to what most people think, they have long been used before in many households. The first ever modernized version of CFL was introduced by Philips in 1980. Just like LED bulbs, they are also very efficient when compared to halogen lights. The initial cost is higher but it pays for itself after approximately 500 hours of use. They are much cheaper to operate than incandescent lights, use as little as 1/5th of an incandescent light bulb’s power and lasts up to 15 times longer as well. They are much safer to use as well since they release less heat saving you from any fire mishaps.
3. Make Use of Free Light Sources
Instead of closing your blinds during daytime and turning your lights on all day, why don’t you consider installing some skylights. You may consider changing the design of your house so you can make the most of the daylight. You may also like to try pipe lighting where you use fiber optics or any other light channeling devices for transmitting sunlight into your home.
4. Turn off When Not in Use
Even if you use the most energy efficient product, it would only be put to waste if you have a bad habit of leaving your lights on even when no one’s using them or no one’s around. Always keep in mind to turn them off the lights when you leave a room. Remind everyone at home as well, especially the kids.
Following just a couple of these tips can lead you towards a far more energy efficient home and at the same time keep a lot of your hard earned cash in your pocket.