With increased AC use in the summer, it’s a crucial time to save energy in other ways. For example, by upgrading your lighting and increasing the effectiveness of your ceiling fans, you can reduce your utility bills. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
When choosing bulbs, stick with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Both are more energy-efficient than traditional options, such as halogens and incandescents. In fact, LEDs and CFLs use 25% to 80% less energy. Although they’re more expensive initially, the investment will pay off over time.
Also, make sure the bulbs you choose are ENERGY STAR®-qualified. This symbol is backed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and indicates that a product is energy-efficient, protecting the environment and saving you money. Additionally, upgrade your lighting fixtures—including your desk lamps and porch lights—to ENERGY STAR-qualified products. They generally deliver more even lighting and come with dimming features, enhancing the look of your home.
Next, install light-colored curtains throughout your home to allow more natural light to enter via your windows. Finally, paint and decorate your rooms with light hues, such as lavender, bright orange, or peach, to brighten the house naturally during the daytime.