Make it a habit to switch lights and fans off as you leave a room. Leaving unnecessary lights on around the home is a needless waste of energy and can inflate your bills if it happens regularly. Instill the habit of switching electronics off as you leave the room in yourself and your whole family, so that all of you play a part in making this country and this planet a better place to live for generations.

Use energy-efficient LED bulbs

Lighting consumes a surprising amount of energy in the home, no matter what wattage it is. These days, the conventional fluorescent bulbs and tube lights are used less and less in home construction, which is an encouraging sign. LED bulbs consume as much as 80% lesser energy than fluorescent bulbs, so they are the obvious choice. If you get these lights from reliable companies, they will also last as much as three to 20 times longer than conventional light bulbs.

Use more natural lighting.

Do you tend to keep the curtains and blinds closed and flip on the overhead lights? Letting your house flood with natural light instead can lead to big electricity savings. Unless you need strong, focused light to complete a particular task, try leaving the lights off during the day and embracing the sun’s rays in the rooms you’re using. Try to set up your family’s daytime work and play space in the brightest room in your house. That way everyone can read, work on art projects, use computers, and so on without relying on artificial lighting. Use light-colored curtains and blinds as window coverings. Find coverings that provide privacy but still allow diffused light to flood your rooms.

Plant a tree

Outside your home, plant deciduous shade trees in your yard on the side of your house that gets the most intense sun during the summer months (usually the side with the western exposure). The tree and its leaves will then provide shade during the hottest time of day and naturally help to keep your home cool. In winter, when the tree will be bare, it will allow warm sunshine into your home during the most optimal time of day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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