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Energy Conserving Lighting Solutions that are Efficient at Home

by GuestPoster - October 20th, 2011.
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Not many people are aware of how much energy is wasted on their lighting every year. We are talking about large amounts of both energy and high costs. In this article, I’m going to show you a few simple ways to reduce both of these things.

By using sunlight instead of electricity (where possible) you can conserve a lot of energy. There are a few ways to do this – the most common is the placement of windows. If you have already built your house there might still be money and energy to be saved here. I suggest asking a contractor to see if the placements of windows can be improved.

outdoor lights

Fluorescent lights are ideal for outdoor lighting - photo by P. Gordon

Another important concept about lights, and one you should look into carefully, is the fact that there are many different lighting solutions (both lamps and light bulbs), some better for one purpose than another. Worst case, you could end up purchasing a bulb and lamp that consumes as much as 20 times as much electricity, for the same or worse quality of light level.

This brings me to the next point, outdoor lights. There are numerous amounts of buildings that still uses incandescent light bulbs for outside lighting. These bulbs emit large amounts of radiation in the region of the spectrum that is invisible to eye. This results in large amounts of heat, which is not exactly ideal for energy conservation.

Other conservation techniques (not only lighting) can be found here: Energy Conservation. Maybe some of these can help you with conserving energy and money in your house?

I hope you got out of this article that there is large amounts of energy to be saved and conserved if you look into the way you use lights. On the other hand, I don’t want you to believe that this is the only area to improve on. There’s a wide array of improvements to make on your house, but watch out for some of them, which might not end up saving you the money in the end.

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