Energy efficiency and savings in the home > Lighting

Take the greatest possible advantage of natural lighting since this will allow you to reduce your artificial lighting. Whenever possible, leave artificial lights turned off during sunlight hours. In the areas where you often spend time, the arrangement of furniture near sources of natural lighting is a key factor in saving energy. Paint ceilings and walls in light colours since this favours the distribution of natural lighting. Be sure that lights are turned off when there is no one in an area and it is not being used. When lighting your home, bear in mind the needs of each space. Use intense lighting only where necessary and dimmed ambient lighting elsewhere. Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent lamps or some other type of low-consumption bulbs, above all when they are to remain on for a long period of time. Fluorescent lamps are very useful, above all in such areas as the kitchen and where the lighting stays on for many hours. Clean your light bulbs. Keeping light bulbs and lampshades clean means that better advantage is taken of the light that they provide. If you wish to install light intensity regulators, be sure they are electronic and not equipped with a rheostat. Likewise, in entrances, garages, common areas, etc., it is a good idea to install presence detectors to turn the lights on and off automatically. Timed switches are another interesting possibility.

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