Energy efficiency, especially when it comes to lighting, implies that you are utilising less energy to facilitate operations that would otherwise use up a lot of energy, decreasing the power wastage and ending up saving money. We look into the ways that energy efficiency can be achieved with low-cost alternatives and simple tricks.
To successfully curb your everyday energy usage on lighting and other fixtures, it does not require you to stretch out your budget beyond your usual budget allocation for electrical fixtures. All it needs are some lifestyle changes and inexpensive lighting hacks.
The energy-efficient lifestyle requires you getting mindful of how energy is utilised, where it gets wasted, and how well it may be utilised all the more adequately and proficiently in everyday life.
Use LED bulbs
LED lights can help light your home utilising a similar measure of energy for less money. Changing to energy-efficient lighting is probably one of the quickest approaches to cut your electricity bills. Use energy-efficient LED bulbs and improve energy efficiency for your home.
Low-cost lighting peripherals
- Skylights in darker rooms, large windows and the use of translucent or sheer curtains for windows allow the daylight to enter your home. In case you are purchasing or building another house or apartment, or are contemplating a remodel, position the rooms and spaces where you invest most energy during the day toward the north or east, so they catch most of the sunlight.
- Passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors in the corridors, bathrooms and store area can be cheaper alternatives to the widely used ultrasonic motion sensors that switch off the lights automatically when these spaces are unutilised. They make use of latent power which reduces energy usage and leads to a pocket-friendly bill.
- DC dimmers are dimmers that use direct current and reduce the amount of electricity utilised by any light fixture, and it also increases the life of that light fixture. In case you wish to install dimmers at your home, you must check the compatibility of the light fittings with that specific type of dimming system.
Use multiple switches
If you are not planning to invest in the dimming system, you can opt for an economical option of installing multiple switches for your home lighting. Installing an individual switch for each light fixture may not be a good idea. Instead, you can loop similar type of lights and control it with one switch. For example, you can combine the decorative wall lights on one switch, cove light on another switch. When installing lighting in a large open-plan space, install multiple switches to cover the different zones. That way, you can restrict your use of lighting to the specific area or zone you want to use.
Remove wall warts
Power adaptors, or wall warts as they are referred to by industry insiders, are those large objects attached to many electrical cords, including those attached to lamps and some types of light fixtures. You will notice that these attached devices stay warm even when their electrical fixture is turned off. This is because they continue to draw energy from the wall all the time. One way to save up on your lighting bills is to unplug wall warts when not in use, attach the lights to a power strip and turn off the whole switch when not in use. You can also get your hands on an AI-operated power strip that knows when the device is off and powers down on its own.
Keep lights clean
As a periodic practice, it is a good idea to clean light fixtures at regular intervals. A dusty light bulb or a lampshade can obstruct as much as half the light, and this is true for decorative as well as non-decorative lights such as cove lighting fixtures, downlights, etc.
Lighting is one of the essential elements of home décor. It can impact everything from the presentability of your wall color to the artwork in the room. It is important to plan, select and maintain the fixtures for their efficiency and durability. Apply the above tips while designing your home lighting and make your home look attractive and energy-efficient.