It’s the height of Summer, which means long days and plenty of sunlight. While we’re busy enjoying the warm weather and taking vacations, we don’t always think about lighting in our homes and offices. Turning on lights during the day can add unnecessary energy use and expenses – especially when we have such an abundant source of daylight in the summer.
Be sure to use natural daylighting as much as you can at home and in the office. If you have access to windows and plenty of sunlight, artificial lighting isn’t necessary. Natural lighting is better for health and productivity anyway! If you find your home gets too much by direct sun, you can purchase window shades or screens to reduce heat gain, UV exposure, and glare while still letting in some sunlight. At work, encourage your office to use natural lighting wherever possible. If you can work remotely, try working outside to get fresh air and boost your mood!
If you need to use artificial lighting, be sure to use it efficiently. Turn the lights off when you’re done in a room – especially if you are the last one at the office! Be sure to switch to LED lights; this is one of the easiest and most effective actions you can take to reduce energy use at home. LEDs use 75% less energy and can last over 15 years longer than incandescent lights while providing the same amount of light or lumens.
By Haylee Neel