Baby its dark outside! Daylight Savings Time has arrived and the sun is going down fast these days. Understandably, we are relying on more interior and exterior lighting solutions as opposed to our Okanagan sunshine this time of year. Start To Finish Construction Ltd. In Kelowna has some excellent recommendations to help your maintain a bright and safe atmosphere.
Read Your Wattage
Establishing a base point of your energy consumption from your last few energy bills can give you some incentive for saving money in the future. Check the actual wattage of your light bulbs and ensure you are using adequate lighting for specific purposes to create the atmosphere and ambiance your desire. For example, desk lighting may be brighter than your reading lamp. Establish some incentives within your home to encourage people to turn the lights out when they exit a room. Ensure the kids are unplugging their night-lights before school. Switch to LED and energy saving bulbs wherever possible.
Dimmer Switches For Ultimate Relaxation and Energy Savings
Start To Finish Construction Ltd. recommends going room-by-room to see how you can improve the lighting situation. If you are implementing a new room, bathroom or bedroom renovation or basement suite, consider having dimmer switches involved. They can easily be incorporated into existing wiring and are ideal for dining rooms, bedrooms, nurseries and bathrooms. Using less light during mealtime can create a candle-lit vibe without the fire hazard. Children’s (and adults!) nighttime routines can be more soothing and relaxing with lower light levels. Creating a spa oasis for tub time has a lot to do with the ambiance of your bathroom.
Double Checking Your Exterior Lighting
Many homes have pot lights installed in their roof’s overhang for the bulk of their exterior lighting. These bulbs often last for a long time, as they may not be utilized as frequently as the outside light near your doorway. Double check your wattage and light bulbs as you hang Christmas lights this year to see if you are using an energy efficient model or a power-sucking prototype. It can be beneficial to bring a light bulb with you to the department store if you are shopping around for a replacement to ensure you have the proper size and base.
Solar Lights and Dusk Till Dawn for Exterior Mode
Motion activated lights and those that are programmed to come on from dusk until dawn can be helpful within fluctuating daylight hours. Instead of leaving lights on consistently, you may wish to strategically place some solar lights around your garage door, driveway, carport or porch area and motion detectors. Maintaining a well lit perimeter does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. Our qualified team can make some great recommendations to help you and your family stay safe while navigating the darkest time of the year.
Timers Save You Cash
Many people leave for work or school in the dark and come home in the dark. To avoid this issue, it is easy to leave a light on when you are away; however, this is expensive and can alert anyone who is watching your house that no one is really home. How many times have you seen porch lights on your neighbours’ house at lunchtime? Using interior and exterior timers can provide a more realistic sense of power consumption and home security.
Smart Home Solutions
Of course, if you are in the midst of dreaming up your custom home or starting a new build, consider tying in your electrical with your alarm system during the wiring stage for ultimate control. Imagine the convenience of being able to turn on the heat, lights, window coverings, alarm system etc. from your cell phone with the simple touch of a button. Never come home to a dark house again! Today’s technology is simplifying many day-to-day household aspects.