A good energy consultant can talk to you about energy consumption without using complicated jargon. They can also give you some advice that can help you reduce your energy consumption and improve your home or office’s energy efficiency.
However, there are some steps you can take to jumpstart your energy conservation efforts. Even the way you use your lights can lower your utility bill. Check out our tips below:
- Use CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are very energy-efficient. They use up about 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs that are just as bright. They’re also better than halogen lights, which can become so hot that they’re practically fire hazards.
In addition, using CFLs is especially helpful for you as outdoor lighting. That’s because they can last up to 10 times as long as your regular light bulbs. Imagine the savings you’ll get. And you don’t even have to change lights all that often, so you won’t be spending as much effort for this.
- If possible, use motion detector lights for the outdoors. Why do you need light outdoors if no one’s there in the first place? With motion detectors, the lights can turn on automatically when you go out. Also, this can serve as a security measure since burglars and home invaders may be spooked when the lights suddenly turn on when they’re around your house.
- Use a timer. Manually turning the lights off for your lights may not be all that efficient, simply because we tend to forget to turn them off. But if you have a timer, then they can turn on or off automatically and you won’t have to be bothered. For your outdoor lights, you can also try to use lights with ambient light sensors, which turn on the lights when it gets dark. When morning comes, the light turns off automatically.
- Use ENERGY STAR bulbs and light fixtures. This particular label identifies the most energy efficient products you can use, so you may as well heed their recommendations. Usually, Energy Star-certified bulbs indicate the equivalent bulb wattage they’re designed to replace.
- Use light-colored lamp shades. To maximize how they brighten up the entire room, place them in the corners. The light will reflect from the two walls, so you get a lot more light from your lamps.
- Shop around for discounted CFLs. Many local retailers offer nice discounts for CFLs. You can check online, as this is easier than going around town checking prices.
- Use fluorescent lights for workshops. These types of lights are needed when you really need a bright light for a room.
All these can help minimize your energy bills. But if you really want to reduce your energy expenses, an energy consultant’s comprehensive report and recommendations are truly much more beneficial.