Lighting


Lighting only accounts for about 3.3% of the total energy used in your home, but it can have a very big impact on your overall energy bill. Listed here are some energy saving lighting tips.


Outdoor Solar Lighting

  • Uses no electricity at all.
  • Once you've purchased the lights, year after year you can light up your yard for free!

Dimmer Switches

  • Modern dimmers save almost as much energy as the amount they are dimmed. Example: When dimmed 50%, the energy saving is about 40%. Old dimmer switches have no impact on conservation.
  • Dimmers turn a hall light into a night light.

Outdoor Motion Sensors

  • Motion sensor fixtures are ideal where you only want light when you are in a certain area, like outside a door or garage.
  • They also act as security lights.
  • They can be programmed for sensitivity to light, amount of motion, and length of time before they automatically turn off.
  • You might be able to use an LED in your motion sensor to save even more!

Quick-Tips for Lighting

  • Always turn lights off when leaving a room.
  • Keep light fixtures clean. A cleaner light is a brighter bulb.
  • Place lamps in the corners of the room so light reflects from the walls, making the room brighter.
  • Paint walls in light colours to minimize the need for artificial lighting.
  • Task Lighting: Lower your energy demand by shining bright light where you need it, instead of lighting the entire room.
  • Opening your blinds is a free way to brighten up a room.
  • LED Christmas lights use much less energy than conventional Christmas lights.