We may not notice how often we use electricity in our homes, but light is one form of electricity that we are using all the time. Whether you use light on a needs basis, or to highlight and feature artwork and architecture in your home, it is important to try to be as energy efficient as possible. In recent years, as larger homes have been built and more creative light fittings have emerged, the amount of energy use for household lighting in Australia has increased dramatically. Household lighting now consumes 8 to 15 per cent of the average electricity budget.
We at ANL Lighting believe in finding energy efficient lighting solutions for your home. View some of our tips to lower your carbon footprint below.
Light your home naturally
Obviously the most energy efficient way to illuminate your home is through natural lighting, so try utilising it whenever possible. If you are building or renovating, try to include as many large windows and skylights as you can.
Turn off lights when not in use
This might go without saying but it’s easy to forget to turn off the lights when you leave the room. Even if you plan to come right back, you would be surprised at how much money you can save on energy costs by just making it a habit to hit the light switch on your way out of any room or hallway.
Get lights with sensors
Another good way to save electricity automatically is to install motion sensor lights. These are a great option for hallways or entryways because they’ll illuminate the path you need to walk in late at night, but you won’t feel bad leaving the light on to make it safely around the house.
Change your globes to more energy efficient ones
The amount of energy used and heat conducted by different types of light globes can directly affect your electricity bill. Some lights are more energy efficient than others. Below is a rundown of each:
LED, or Light-Emitting Diodes
These are good quality lights that provide truly great illumination throughout your household. LED lights are getting more and more popular as an alternative to traditional lighting. They are often more expensive than traditional types of lighting, but they pay for themselves in the end as they are generally about 4 or 5 times more efficient than incandescent or halogen. High quality LED globes can last anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 hours.
Fluorescents are known to be very energy efficient, using 80% less energy than incandescent globes and lasting anywhere from 4 to 10 times longer. As they produce less heat than other globes, they are perfect for rooms that need to be lit up for long periods of time, like your kitchen or living room. Compact fluorescent lights can usually fit into older styles of fittings, and you can purchase them in a variety of colours depending on the mood lighting you want to achieve.
Fluorescent tubes are cheaper to buy and equally efficient, but they are unattractive and should be used in garages or workplaces, not really in the home.
ANL Lighting can provide you with more advice on how to reduce energy use in the home. Contact us today to learn more.