No matter how much each of us wants to conserve energy, we still have to keep the lights on for a large amount of our day. There are still ways to be energy efficient while not making your everyday life more difficult when it comes to lighting. In this article we’ve outlined a simple combination of actions you can take to completely “green light” your home in a matter of minutes.
Step 1: Replace Incandescent Bulbs with LED Bulbs
LED bulbs offer many benefits when it comes to green lighting your home. For starters, LED bulbs last over 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use a fifth less of the energy. It’s been shown that these bulbs, while more expensive up front, actually pay for themselves many times over during the course of their use. This is a win-win for both green energy and the green in your wallet.
And that’s only the first half of it.
In addition to just replacing your light bulbs, you can go even further and replace some of your lamps and lighting fixtures as well. Look for lamps and fixtures made from natural or recycled materials. By replacing your lighting fixtures as well you’ve taken an extra bonus step toward thoroughly green lighting your home.
Another tip for getting the most out of your LED lights is to know when not to use them. Daylight alone, in many cases, may be enough to light your home during much of the year and you can leverage this by simply keeping curtains and blinds open during these times. If you need to block some of the sun to keep the house cool, there are special sheers and shades that will perform double duty of letting some light in while keeping the heat out.
Many utilities offer discounts and rebates for purchasing LED lights for homes and small businesses. Check with your utility for details.
Step 2: Switch to a Renewable Energy Supplier
Simply switching from traditional light bulbs to LEDs only solves half the battle if your end goal is to green light your home. This is because you’re still powering those new LED bulbs with traditional non-renewable electricity. To complete your green transformation, you’ll also need to choose an electricity supplier with a renewable energy plan.
A simple web search of energy suppliers in your area will give you a good idea of the renewable plans available. These renewable energy plans offer energy supplied from green sources such as wind and solar and often involve a seamless switch from your current provider.
At Powervine Energy, we offer several renewable option plans with secured pricing, no disruptions in service, and no additional equipment to buy. And you can make the switch in literally just a few minutes.
We hope these tips will make your goal of green lighting your home in the future as simple and easy as possible.