Happy Earth Day!

Image converted using ifftoanyHappy Earth Day from Harold’s Lighting in Seattle and Bellevue, WA.  We hope you take some time this week to celebrate this great planet we live on! Each year many people around the world take time to evaluate their impact on the planet and adjust their daily habits to reduce their “footprint”.

Obviously, we love lighting. Did you know it can account for up to 15% of your annual electricity usage (on your bill)? Reducing your light energy usage is one of the easiest things you can do to reduce your energy usage and reduce your bill. We’ve put together a few tips you can use to reduce your lighting energy usage:

  • Turn off the lights when you are not using a particular room or when you’re away from home.
  • Unless you need it, only use the low-power lighting (task) where you need it, and avoid using all of the other lighting options in a room.
  • Experiment with energy-efficient light bulbs and find one that works with your fixture and your room’s needs.
  • Clean your light bulbs regularly to be sure you’re getting their maximum amount of light output. Dirt and dust can buildup and effect the bulb’s light offput and color.
  • Use natural light sources during the day (windows and mirrors) if possible. Open blinds, shades and drapery.
  • Install dimmers on your fixtures. Reducing the light intensity can reduce your energy usage.

Reducing your energy impact can be as simple as remembering to turn off the lights in your bedroom when you leave the house. Take one or two of these tips and implement them into your lifestyle. See how much you can reduce your lighting energy usage and your yearly energy bill.