Home lighting can easily account for up to 20 per cent of a household’s energy use here in Australia—the percentage rises in homes with more family members. Ten per cent may not seem much, but that figure can mean big bucks when you look at your annual energy expenses. Besides, it’s a figure that justifies taking action, what with the benefits and variety of energy-saving alternatives out on the market right now, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs chief among them. Here are some tips on how to reduce your energy consumption
Take Advantage of Natural Light Despite the advances the lighting industry has made in artificial lighting, nothing still beats natural light. Everything seems to look better under natural sunlight, and it’s a champ at energy efficiency—it’s free. If you find yourself using your light bulbs even during the day, you have some re-evaluating to do. If you can afford to, consider having a skylight to light up your home during the day. You can also position your windows to provide illumination to your home—a single window can provide as much light as a dozen daylight light bulbs. You don’t need to have drastic remodelling work done to your home to do this. Instead, work with what you have. You can start by rearranging furniture pieces in your home’s rooms—how about moving your reading chair closer to a window? You can also paint the walls of your home a lighter shade to aid in the reflecting of light deeper into your home.
Use Task Lighting You can reduce your home’s electricity usage by using task lighting more instead of background lights (lights that illuminate the entire room). Task lighting refers to lighting for specific tasks. To have a task lighting scheme in your home, install recessed lights to light up parts of your home like your desk, kitchen table, bathroom mirror, and more.
Switch to LEDs LEDs are by far the most energy-efficient lighting solutions on the market today. They’re vastly efficient compared to incandescent bulbs, using just 10 per cent of their energy to generate the same intensity of light.