Jul 17, 2014

Indoor and Outdoor Energy Efficient Lighting Options for Homeowners

If there's one thing that every home needs, it's good indoor and outdoor lighting. But if you're someone who has noticed that your energy bills are a bit higher than they used to be (especially if you happen to work from home), it could be because your current lighting choices are not as efficient as they need to be.

The good news is that there is a solution to this problem. Here are five different types of energy-saving lighting options that can have you seeing your budget from a much brighter perspective in no time.

Natural lighting. One of the quickest and easiest ways to bring more like into your home without spending a lot of money in the process is to focus on ways to bring more natural light into your house. You can do this by choosing window treatments that are made out of a sheer fabric or installing blinds that open and close. You can also do this by having your windows professionally tinted (that way, you can look out without others looking into them). Or, you can have a couple of skylights built into your ceilings. They are not just one more way to bring in natural light but they can help to increase the property value of your home as well.

Incandescent bulbs. When it comes to your indoor lighting fixtures, saving energy is about the kind of bulbs that you choose. One great alternative to traditional ones are incandescent bulbs. According to a lot of energy experts, you can save as much as 25 percent of energy by using them.

LED bulbs. A particular bulb that is becoming a favorite is the LED bulb. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. What it does is use semi-conductors that are inside of the bulb in order to transform electricity into light. LED bulbs are so effective that not only do they only use 20-25 percent of energy, but they reportedly last 25 percent longer than most traditional bulbs do as well.
Compact fluorescent lamps. If you were to ask someone who conducts energy audits for a living about tips for efficient household lighting, something that they might recommend is that you invest in a few compact fluorescent lamps. They are the type of bulbs that look like little curly cues. The reason why they are worth buying is because they're crafted in such a way that they can help you to save as much as 75 percent of your bulb's energy. Plus, on average, they last 10 times longer.

Motion-sensor lighting. When it comes to outdoor lighting, there's one more thing that should be mentioned and that's motion-sensor lighting. By installing it around your home, not only will it help to keep your house safer, but since the lights only come on when someone is within its sensor path, you don't have to worry about leaving your porch lights on all night. If you're interested in knowing how to get the best kind of motion-sensor lighting, visit a local home improvement store like Lowe's or Home Depot for details.

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