Renewable and Solar Lighting Options for the Home
Everyone understands the concept of mood lighting, but green lighting has yet to be fully realized in most homes. No, we’re not talking about elegant glowing green bulbs or soft green lampshades, either. Your utilities bill could be reduced significantly if you install lighting in your house that is specifically designed to reduce your carbon footprint.
There are numerous options, most of them fairly simple and easy to implement in your daily life. Eco-friendly lighting options are abundant, and will reduce your carbon footprint and whatever associated guilty conscience that you may have, too!
Switching to Green Lighting in the Home
CFL (compact fluorescent light bulbs) and LED light bulbs are very easy to find at your local hardware store, and they’re even easier to install. They each use significantly less electricity than do normal, traditional (incandescent) light bulbs, which also tend to produce heat.
LED lights are perhaps a bit more expensive, but are still an affordable option for those wishing to lessen their carbon footprint in small but tangible ways. And while the bulbs are often more expensive, they also tend to last a great deal longer and will use less electricity, thereby reducing your power bills each month. Using less electricity at night is also a simple idea, and one that’s relatively easy to realize in practice; just use candles!
Easy Green Living to Maximize Light
If you decorate your home with lots of mirrors, they will reflect the natural light present in your home and serve to make the interior spaces look larger. If you have a chandelier in your home, using real candles will save electricity and will give your home a vintage vibe. You can also look for lamps made with recycled or reclaimed materials.
It may also be more efficient to just turn lights off when you are not using them, or when you’re not in a particular area or room in the house. You can also unplug your television when you are not using it for extended periods of time, as well as leaving power cords for recharging phones or laptops unplugged from the wall, where they use up electricity even when a device is not plugged into them.
Solar Powered Lighting, Simplified
It is also possible (and highly recommended) to make use of the natural lighting in your home. The installation of skylights or extra windows is fairly expensive, but it is an investment that will pay for itself by reducing the need for more artificial lighting and electricity in your home. For example, according to the experts at Sound Renovation LLC, “Windows treated with Low E glazes usually cost 15 percent more than regular windows; however, they minimize energy loss by as much as 30 percent.” The sun is the best source of renewable energy and natural light, after all, and its light and heat are completely free. The sun is also the primary source of renewable energy options.
You can take advantage of the sun’s power through the installation of solar panels and shingles; both greatly reduce one’s utility bill and are aesthetically pleasing to the eye as an addition to the home, not to mention the added increase they often bring to the value of your property. If solar power is not a feasible option, then investing in green power may be an alternative route you could try. Some electric companies will offer you a green power option on your utility bill, so get in touch with your provider to learn more.[Photo via: Meteoweb.eu]