Home Lighting Tips
Keep your home bright and your costs down with these easy lighting tips and tricks.
- Keep lights off during the daytime and take advantage of natural light by opening windows and blinds.
- Remember to turn lights off before leaving a room. If you own voice-controlled assistants like Alexa or Google, use them to turn lights on and off with ease.
- Put lamps in the corners of rooms so that light reflects off two walls. This way, you won't have to use as many light sources.
- Whenever possible, use ENERGY STAR certified LED lightbulbs. Traditional incandescent bulbs release 90% of the energy they use as heat. LED's are much more efficient, emit very little heat and last 10-25 times longer.
- Switching your outdoor porch or post lamp to an LED bulb, especially one with a motion sensor, can help save energy and cut down on costs.
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Home Heating & Cooling
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent by turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 percent for eight hours a day - like when you're sleeping.
- Be conscious of your thermostat and set it as low as comfort permits. Each degree above 68º F can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating. Wireless and programmable thermostats can help you control your home temperature with ease.
- Turn your thermostat back seven degrees when you're sleeping can help cut your annual heating bill by 10%.
- Installing a thermostatically controlled attic exhaust fan can lower inside temperatures in the summertime by as much as 50 percent.
- Don't block your radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies. Keep your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters dirt- and dust-free.
- Use your ceiling fans year round if you have them. Setting your fans to spin counter-clockwise in summer will push air down and make room occupants feel cooler. In the winter, set fans to spin clockwise to pull air up and circulate it throughout the room.
- Check your window seals: you can lose 15% of the heat in your house through an unsealed window, even if it's shut.