Reduce energy usage for an eco-friendly home & office
We at Direct Electric Company are green lighting specialists and we can help you go far beyond the obvious first step of replacing your incandescent light bulbs with CFLs. There are a variety of measures that can be taken to make your home lighting more efficient and green: replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs, using LED light fixtures, making better use of daylight to bring natural light into your house, and installing dimmers and motion sensors. Typical homes can save 50 percent or more on electric bills by replacing and redesigning their home lighting system. That’s a big number, since lighting often accounts for 10 percent of the total energy consumption in the home.
Reducing Electrical Usage: Some Tricks of the Trade
LED Light Fixtures: Lighting your home with LEDs is 75% – 90% more efficient than using standard incandescent lightbulbs, and they can last up to 12 years. Their durability makes them a great choice for outdoor lighting in regions with extreme temperatures. And don’t forget that they will also save you loads in the long run on your electric bills. Daylighting: By using the sun to naturally light your home during the day, you can leave your light fixtures off all day. Compared to conventional buildings, homes that have been designed with daylighting in mind use 40% – 60% less electricity for lighting. Lighting Controls: Dimmers not only give you the ability to use your lighting to create ambiance, but they can reduce the energy needed to light a space. Also, using dimmers with CFLs will not reduce their lifespan. Motion sensors for outdoor lighting will allow you to increase your sense of safety without having to constantly light your yard at night, which will ultimately reduce light pollution and save you money. Phantom Loads: Did you know that your appliances might be drawing a current even when you’re not using them? This type electrical consumption is commonly known as a “phantom” or “vampire” load. The good news is that the solution to reducing your phantom loads is an easy fix! By unplugging appliances or turning off power strips before leaving the house, you can cut off the electrical supply to your entertainment system or the clock on your microwave. On of our green lighting and electrical specialist can help you identify the electronics and appliances that are using a lot of power, whether you’re using them or not.