Lighting Efficiency

Lighting efficiency choices can help to conserve energy in the home, workplace, and in other areas.

At Home

If you want to continue to light your home without using up fossil fuels, you have two things you can do: be more efficient and/or use renewable electricity sources. To be more efficient, you might begin by only using the lights and other electrical appliances when they are necessary. Turn things off and unplug these items when not in use. You might also want to look into eco-friendly light bulbs which will last for up to seven years while also using less energy each time they’re on.

Using renewable energy sources can begin with solar power. By having a few solar cells on your roof, you can begin to collect energy in your home so that you can use it for lighting. You might also want to look into other renewable sources of electricity – hydroelectricity, wind power, etc.

At Work

Work places can afford to have more extensive lighting, but they might not want to pay those large electric bills. By getting energy from a wind farm or from a hydroelectric plant, the energy bills will be lower while also coming from renewable sources. Larger buildings might also want to look into more efficient light bulbs as well as to install larger windows in order to let in more ambient light. All of the lights should be turned off each night as this will also help to keep the area from using up too much electricity.

Outside of the home and work, using solar powered lighting will help when it’s dark out. During the day, solar powered lighting will soak up the energy and then at night, the lights will be able to run without any additional electricity, helping to maintain safety in the area and security.

Since candles might not be an option, using different conservation methods for your lighting is the best way to help yourself begin to change the way you use energy.