04 Mar 2013
There are many methods a household can take in order to become environmentally friendly and energy efficient. These tips can save you money on your monthly electricity bill and help reduce your carbon footprint.
Watch the wattage
Too much lighting is a waste of a lot of power and it's unnecessary in most instances. General, accent and task lighting can be considered the three aspects for lighting any room, but that doesn't mean they all have to be switched on at the same time. Switch off lights that aren't necessary, or bring down the wattage by using CFL or low-watt lighting options.
Use a feather duster to clean light bulbs. A buildup of dust on a lamp or bulb can reduce the amount of light output by as much as half. And don't forget to clean and wipe ceiling light covers on a regular basis.
Click of a switch
If you are installing lighting in a large open-plan area, make sure you also install switches to cover individual fittings so that these can be switched off when they are not needed. Always switch off lights when leaving a room.
Romance the night
A table lamp uses less electricity than general and accent lighting, so be bright, switch off the light and switch on the ambience.
See the light
Install motion sensor lights on exterior pathways so that lights only operate when needed. Today's modern solar light options are perfect for paths, so let the sun power your outdoor lighting.
Calculate your savings
Use the Eurolux Energy Savings Calculator to see how you can cut down on costs and save on lighting your home without compromising on style. Pop into your local Builders Warehouse store to check out the wide range of energy efficient and solar lighting options for your home. They also stock an extensive selection of energy saving lamps and fittings.
Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za
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