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Energy-Conscious Lighting Options For Your Home

A well-lit home can make your property much more inviting, beautiful and safe. However, if you aren’t careful about your lighting options you could end up spending an excessive amount on your electric bill. If you would like the interior and exterior of your home to be well lighted without straining your monthly budget or consuming excessive amounts of energy, here are some eco friendly options for your home and property.

Use Batteries

One great way to light up your interior home in an energy-efficient way is to use battery operated tealights to add ambiance instead of electrically-powered lights. Whether you are hosting a party at your home or you have prepared a romantic dinner to enjoy with your spouse or significant other, round candles can help set the mood without using any electricity or costing you any money for utilities. While battery operated lights aren’t typically bright enough to keep your home well-lit during the night, especially if you purchase mini lights, they are a great option if you are looking for energy-conscious accent lighting or if you want to make a room in your home seem more romantic or relaxing.

Energy-Efficient Lighting Programs

To help consumers conserve energy and save money on a monthly basis, many different utility companies are offering savings incentives if customers become part of their residential lighting programs. These programs are designed to help consumers use less energy by choosing more energy-efficient lighting choices. These programs often offer cost savings as well as education regarding energy consumption and energy-efficient lighting options. If you would like to learn more about energy-efficient lighting programs, talk to your local utility company and find out if they offer such a program and how you can become part of it.

Use Solar Lighting

If you want to maximize your energy-efficiency, then you may want to install solar panels on your rooftop so that you can use the natural energy of the sun to keep your home and property lit during the day and at night. Before you go out and purchase a random amount of solar panels to have installed, it is important that you first find out how may solar panels you would need to efficiently light up your home and your property. You should also consider the weather in your area to determine whether or not solar panels would be a good option for your home. For example, if you live in an area that is constantly cloudy and rainy, then solar panels may not be able to efficiently light your home and property and may not be the best option for you. However, in most areas solar panels are a great energy-saving source of light.

If you don’t want to install solar panels but you would still like to make use of solar energy, then you should think about purchasing individual landscape lights that are powered by solar energy. These lights can be placed strategically around your property to showcase certain plants and areas of your home after the sun goes down.  Some solar landscape lights even function as spotlights and are the perfect way to highlight a flag, fountain, or a particularly beautiful tree on your property during the evening hours.

If you love accenting your home and property with lighting but you don’t want to waste energy, then you should consider some of the above energy-conscious lighting options for your home.