We all know at least one version of the old joke about how many people it takes to change a light bulb, but many of us take our lighting for granted. While most of our homes are now lit by energy-efficient bulbs, this change is still relatively new. It wasn’t until 2007 that things began to change with the passing of the Energy Independence Act. At the beginning of 2012, all 100-Watt incandescent bulbs were to be removed from the market, and in 2014, all incandescent bulbs were supposed to be no longer available to consumers. Here the experts at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric discuss how you can save on your home lighting costs.
Whether it is halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), or light emitting diodes (LEDs), the typical energy-efficient light bulb uses anywhere from 25% to 80% less energy than traditional bulbs. Not only is this better for the environment, but it also results in saving around $75 a year! Though these are impressive savings, there are other precautions you can take to reduce your energy bill even more.
As we move towards a more energy-efficient world, people are always looking for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their energy bills! A straightforward way to achieve both is by implementing these home lighting tips!
While this might seem obvious, how many times have you caught yourself walking out of a room and not returning for 20 minutes or even an hour? Making a conscious habit of turning off any lights you have on each time you leave a room helps save energy. Keeping lights off during the day also decreases the heat, however minimal they put off, further reducing your energy costs. When you and your family plan on not being in the house for multiple days, be sure to unplug all lamps and other unnecessary appliances so they do not suck unused energy. Regular dusting of your lights also keeps them running efficiently.
Hardly ever do we need the full power of our lightbulbs. One way to customize the amount of wattage you need for any given activity is by installing dimmer switches. Depending on the level of dimness you adjust your light to, you can reduce the energy use by up to 98%! Combining this with energy-efficient bulbs means increasing your home lighting savings even more. Dimmer switches also help to improve how long your bulbs and lighting appliances last. If you are planning to install a dimmer switch, it is crucial to contact an expert electrician, like those at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric.
Again, the amount of light a bulb produces is almost always too much. Installing task lighting provides you with light exactly where you need it! Task lights are convenient to illuminate specific areas when you don’t need to light up the entire space. Some common uses for task lights are above desks for working from home or doing homework, in the living room or bedroom for reading, or even in the kitchen to make cooking easier! While there are many options, such as floor lamps or wall and ceiling fittings, it is vital to trust the experts to install task lighting.
With lighting accounting for about 9% of the average home’s energy use, it means it has a significant impact on our energy bill’s price. Families across the nation can benefit from saving money with simple changes to their home lighting habits. While slight changes such as shutting off the lights or regularly dusting them are easy tasks to complete yourself, making more extensive changes like installing dimmer switches or task lighting can be extremely dangerous. This issue is why you should always hire a professional electrician, like the ones at Art Plumbing, AC & Electric. Since 1983, we have been providing South Florida with prompt, reliable lighting services you can trust!
If you have any questions on how to save money with the lighting in your home, call us toll-free today at 1-800-475-1504! You can also check out our blog for more plumbing, AC & electrical tips!
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