When it comes to sustainable green energy, nothing quite beats what modern day appliances are capable of. There are quite a few on the market in various forms but one of the most popular appliance upgrades for conserving energy over the long run is lighting. There are now tons of different lighting options for those who are trying to be eco-friendly, especially for those who are looking to reap the benefits for years to come.
LED lights are probably the best choice when it comes to eco-friendly lighting because they reduce your energy usage by nearly ninety percent over the long haul. They’re relatively new on the market as far as consumers go, but they’re starting to drop in price as well, making them an easy solution for a great deal of households who are looking for something that will not only drop energy costs but also last a while.
Compact fluorescent bulbs made a huge hit a few years ago and today they’re the most common form of energy efficient lighting. These bulbs used to be available only in one size and style (large swirled type fixtures) but they’re breaking out into pretty much every shape, size, and color options available. You can even buy black light bulbs that are actually compact fluorescent bulbs. They’re very inexpensive and if you use them in every one of your fixtures, you’ll end up saving a ton in energy and utility costs.
They’re beginning to market new light bulbs these days that are void of any and all mercury signatures. Mercury is the reason that many light bulbs these days have to be disposed of in a specific way because mercury is not only harmful to humans, but it’s also extremely detrimental to the environment. These new lights (like LEDs) will not have
this problem and not only can they be disposed of in pretty much any fashion you’d like, but they won’t leave much of a footprint behind when you do.
Lights that are attached to dimmer switches and motion detectors are becoming more common nowadays, especially in retail environments where there are constantly people moving about. Dimmer lights are nice because you’ll be able to control how much wattage the bulbs are putting out. Motion detected lighting is extremely handy if you’re in an area that needs light but aren’t in it all the time as these will turn the lights off after a period of time, usually about fifteen minutes.
Of course, bulbs are only the first step to energy efficient lighting. A lot of furniture stores and places that sell interior design materials are now sporting quite a bit of eco-friendly options including recycled lamp shades or reconstructed lighting parts. Buying recycled items is one of the best ways you can help the environment in the long run since you’ve just saved a good bit of material from getting dumped somewhere on land.
Additionally, with things such as black out shades being widely available and becoming more common these days, you’ll be able to keep the sunlight from hindering an otherwise eco-friendly house by controlling the heat and UV rays that the home is being exposed to.
There are a lot of ways you can start going green and stay green for the long term. The easiest way to start is by turning to different lighting, most of which is more than affordable these days and they’ll not only be great on your wallet, but they’ll do wonders for the environment.