In our last post, we looked at some summer lighting tips and how you can get more out of your lights during the warmer months of the year. Since Grapevine enjoys warm weather and sunshine during most of the year, you should hopefully be able to get a lot out of those tips for a majority of the 12 months. In this post, we’ll focus on energy savings and how you can cut down on your usage during the summer, since that’s when you’re running the air conditioner, the ceiling fans, and more.
1. Save Your Lights for the Evening
The days are longer during the summer, which means there will be more sunshine that you can let into the house. While this is great for energy savings, you may also be staying up later during the summer. This often means that the lights in your living room, dining room, or bedroom are on for several hours in the evening, so it’s extra important to make sure they’re not on during the day when the sun is shining. Saving your lights for the evening can help you cut down on energy use, especially if you’re able to turn off the AC and open the windows.
2. Offset Your Energy Use
The kids are home during the summer, and that can mean more energy use in the forms of TV shows, movies, and video games. You may also be running the microwave, dishwasher, and washing machine more often, so why let your light fixtures use up more energy than they need to? When the TV is on or the dishwasher is running, make sure that the lights in the living room or kitchen are off, or at the least, that only necessary fixtures are being used. By offsetting your energy use, you can cut down on your monthly utility bills.
3. Spend Time Outdoors
Texas summers can be hot and humid, but the evenings can sometimes offer a reprieve. Spending time outdoors can help you cut down on energy use, since the only lights that are on are your deck or porch fixtures. You might have an outdoor ceiling fan running, but everything inside the house is turned off, except for those lights and appliances that need to be. Another benefit to turning things off in the house is that you give everything time to cool down, and for any heat that’s been generated by light fixtures or appliances to dissipate before you go to bed.
These three ideas are just a few that can help you save on energy use during the summer months. If you’re looking for new lighting, or you want to update your light bulbs so that they use less energy, then come to Passion Lighting in Grapevine today. We can help you find new fixtures, and we can also install new ceiling fans so that you can cut down on your cooling bills during the summer.
We look forward to seeing you very soon!