In the recent years, there has been a huge trend towards more environmentally friendly practices. People are becoming more and more environmentally conscious in their daily lives, and technology is evolving without needing to sacrifice our planet. One easy way to becoming green is to start using green lighting in our homes. Here are some tips and advice on how to can achieve this.
- Use Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
The easiest way to go green is by changing out your lightbulbs. The three main types of energy efficient light bulbs are CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs), LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and smart bulbs. The main difference between these types of lightbulbs and regular ones is that the green bulbs last much longer without burning as much energy. While regular lightbulbs last between 1,000 to 2,000 hours, CFLs last up to 10,000 hours, LEDs up to 50,000 hours, and smart bulbs last up to 50,000 hours. Although these lightbulbs are on average more expensive to buy than the standard incandescent lightbulb, in the long run, you can save much more on your electricity bills.
- Update Your Lighting Fixtures
Another way you can save energy on lighting is by updating your lighting fixtures. An easy way to find environmentally friendly lights is to check whether they have an “Energy Star” stamp of approval on them. If you are not ready to invest in completely new lights, you can update your existing ones by adding dimmers to them, which saves energy and electricity while extending the life of your lightbulbs. You can also install motion sensor lights to ensure that your lights are not on when no one is in the room.
- Have Multiple Lights Within a Room
You can place several lighting fixtures throughout a room, especially in areas where people normally hang out. The strategic placement of lighting can save energy since people generally turn on all the overhead lighting when they enter a room. Instead, they can now just turn on the fixture they are situated closest to.
- Harness Natural Light
The cheapest method of saving money and energy on lighting is by harnessing natural light. There several ways you can achieve this. First, if your rooms are dark, repaint them with lighter colors so they can reflect the natural light coming in through the windows. Another way you can reflect light is by adding mirrors in your rooms. Make sure you are using sheer, lightweight curtains and that there is no furniture in front of any windows.
- Make the Change with Your Energy Provider
Some utility companies offer households the choice of using an electric company that sources its energy from green options such as windmills and solar panels.
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