Lighting up your home is an area where a very large difference can be made when it comes to conserving energy. There are a few extremely simple technological advances which offer us a whole host of new options for making our lighting efforts much more energy efficient. Energy-efficient lighting is much more cost effective, so by using energy-efficient lighting you will be saving money in energy costs as well as protecting the environment by utilizing renewable sources of energy. Many of these technological advances have been around for many years, but so many people have not become aware of them that they are not being used to their full potential yet.
Dimmer Switches – Dimmer switches have been around for quite some time, possibly since the early 1960s. Newer and more modern incarnations of these simple gadgets include side dimmers and touch dimmers. Side dimmer switches have a knob that can be slid next to a standard light switch. The touch dimmer on the other hand, is used by tapping or touching to achieve at least three or four brightness setting levels.
Motion Sensors or Timers – You can reduce energy consumption in a simple way by utilizing motion sensors and timers. These limit the amount of time that your lights are on, which saves a great deal of money and energy simultaneously. Timers are great for outdoor use, as they can be programmed to come on after sunset, or to turn off at sunrise. Motion sensors are also great for office buildings, public restrooms and other applications where the light only comes on when someone is in the room.
LED – LED lighting may be the best lighting option for the future of energy-conservation, because LED lights have an extremely low level of power consumption, using as much as 90-percent less power than a normal light would. By reducing your costs of running electricity, you will be saving money and energy while using a bright light source that consumes a lot less energy than your original lighting did. The electricity consumption of LED lights is so low, that you could power a string of lights at least half a mile long for less electricity than to power a single light bulb.
If you do not want to switch to LED lighting, at least consider replacing your older fixtures with Energy Star qualified lighting fixtures, or replacing your incandescent bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescents. There are so many simple changes that you can make, each creating a big change for your energy bill, and the environment.