Going green is a lasting trend, and homeowners are making the effort to update their properties in more efficient and sustainable ways. Electricity is a major monthly expense that many consumers keep a watchful eye on. So, the question often asked is how homeowners can reconsider their outdoor lighting scheme to make it more energy efficient.
Here are four ways homeowners are cutting back on their energy use by using more sustainable methods of backyard lighting:
1. Smartphone Controlled Lighting
With the incredible advancement of mobile technology, smartphones and other devices can control the LED bulbs in your outdoor lighting layout. Turning your lights off when you’re not using them saves energy much more than setting your outdoor lights on a timer, so having that control on your phone can be cost-effective, as well as convenient. Some apps also allow settings for your lights to go out when it rains or other events during which you may not need outdoor lighting.
2. Switch to LED Bulbs
Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs typically consume less energy than traditional outdoor lighting bulbs, such as halogen or fluorescent lamps. They also tend to have a longer life span than other kinds of outdoor bulbs. In the end, LED bulbs can save you money and energy.
3. Motion-Activated Lights
Motion-activated lights are a smart choice for both energy and safety reasons. When movement is detected, motion-activated lights are turned on. In the event of an intruding burglar or trespasser, your motion-activated lights can alert you to their presence, as well as scare them off. If no motion is detected, these lights will remain off, making them a much more energy-efficient outdoor lighting choice.
4. Smart Switches
You can also save energy by adjusting your light switches. Smart switches allow operation of light switches from a smartphone. Some of these apps are voice-activated and allow you to dim lights or turn them off. If you decide to switch your light bulbs to LED, simply trade out your light switches when your new bulbs are installed.
As technology advances, the opportunity to save energy with your outdoor lighting increases as well. However, it’s important to always take safety precautions when installing new lighting equipment. Leave it to the professionals to correctly style and set up your outdoor lighting.