Making the Most of Your Energy-Efficient Home

With more LED options available today, consumers now have a higher level of control over the color temperature, rendering and light output of the lighting used to illuminate residential spaces.

Aside from the design, customization and aesthetic benefits of LEDs, perhaps one of the most obvious advantages of LED lighting is that it decreases energy consumption, and thus, energy costs.

Some of the inherent benefits of LED technology include:

 LED sources use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting, allowing homeowners to save on operating expenses.

 LEDs last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent sources and approximately two to five times longer than fluorescent lighting, which means less bulb maintenance.

 LEDs do not produce heat like traditional sources, reducing risk of heat damage or fire.

 Traditional incandescent bulbs waste 98% of the energy they consume on heat.

LEDs do not use power when they are turned off.

Progress Lighting has placed an emphasis to display a uniform approach to LED lighting solutions while educating consumers on products that contribute to a complete electrical solution. Examples include how to create seamless lighting through electrical and automation solutions to customize smart homes based on consumer needs.

SOURCE: Jennifer Kis, Director of Marketing Communications, Progress Lighting

One of the many benefits of buying a new home is its increased energy efficiency. Builders are using the latest technologies to reduce household energy consumption with tools like improved insulation and energy-efficient appliances.

Recent analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that, on a per-square-foot basis, the newer a single-family home is, the less energy it uses. Even though newer homes are larger, their increased efficiency means that homes built since 1999 tend to use the same or slightly less energy than homes built before 1950.

Builders generally have a greater influence on the efficiency of a home’s HVAC system as a home is designed and built. In fact, more efficient HVAC equipment installed by builders, as well as better insulation and sealing, is a key reason for the greater efficiency of new homes.

Things like watching television, charging electronic devices and using a computer account for the majority of a home’s total energy use. That means that most of the energy that a home uses will be based upon the behavior of the household and not the design or construction of the home. The daily electricity usage has the most significant impact on your new home’s overall energy consumption. Whether you live in a new or previously-owned home, you can make it more energy efficient with a few simple steps.

Lighting  

One of the easiest ways to save electricity is to install compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs both inside and outside your house. This is especially important if you have an outdoor light that remains on overnight.

Electronic products

With homes using an increasing number of electronic products, it’s important to turn them off when not in use. To help save the standby power often wasted with some devices, use a power strip to turn off equipment not being used. Unused appliances and chargers that remain in standby mode still use electricity.

Appliances

Use your dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads. Use large appliances in the early morning and late evening when demand for energy is not as high.

Programmable thermostat

Consider installing a programmable thermostat, which can automatically adjust the temperature of your home when you’re away. Even small temperature adjustments can add up to big energy savings.