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Lighting that Saves You Money

lightYour electricity bill can be a big blow to your finances. In order to save you some monthly green, and help lower your footprint, here are some secrets to choosing the best lighting for your home.

Solar Power Lights

Installing solar powered lights is a good way to save some cash. The lights use sunlight for power and charge during the day. Since they don’t require wiring, the lights can go anywhere on your property. Some solar powered lights also come with motion detectors.

Dimmer Switches

A burning light bulb uses a certain amount of electricity, which is measured in watts. By lowering the wattage with a special switch, consumers can manage the bulb’s electrical consumption. Dimmers come with a dial or a slide bar, which allows homeowners to adjust the wattage and thus the amount of illumination. Just how much energy dimmer switches save depends on many factors, including how much and how long a person dims the light, and the type of light bulbs in the fixture. Dimmers save the most money in rooms where wattage is high, such as the bathroom, kitchen and dining room.

Turn the (Non-Fluorescent) Lights Off

Almost everybody was brought up with the belief that you can save money by simply turning the lights off when not in use. Fluorescent bulbs are a bit more complicated. According the U.S. Department of Energy, if you’re leaving a room for more than 15 minutes, turn out the lights. If not, keep the lights on. Why? Fluorescent lights are more expensive, and like other bulbs, switching them on and off limits their life. It’s better to eat the additional energy cost than to continually buy new fluorescent bulbs.

Buy Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Three of the most common energy-efficient light bulbs are halogen incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs. You can find these in most hardware and home improvement stores.

  • Halogen Incandescents have a capsule inside that holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colors, and they can be used with dimmers. Halogen incandescent bulbs meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard, but there are now many more efficient options to meet your lighting needs.
  • Compact flourescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights you may already have in a kitchen or garage. Because they use less electricity than traditional incandescents, typical CFLs can pay for themselves in less than nine months, and then start saving you money each month.
  • The light emitting diode (LED) are a type of solid-state lighting — semiconductors that convert electricity into light. Although once known mainly for indicator and traffic lights, LEDs in white light, general illumination applications are one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing technologies.

These are just a handful of simple strategies that homeowners may be able do themselves to save money. There are many other lighting installation options to choose from that can save you money including motion detectors, recessed lighting and skylights.

Source: www.4overelectric.com

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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4 Trends to Heighten Your Home’s Style

Say goodbye to lackluster décor at home with help from renowned interior designer Taniya Nayak, who suggests heightening your design style with these tips.

Gallery Walls
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“Hanging a variety of frames or objects in a well thought-out cluster on the wall perfectly showcases pieces that are important or meaningful,” Nayak says. “When people walk into your home, they’ll know exactly what you love.”

Create a room that’s uniquely yours by making a gallery wall with items of your choice. Display an array of mirrors, framed family photos, sketches or even postcards – the key is to be creative and make it personal.

 

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‘60s Mod Inspiration

“2015 is going retro mod – way back to the ‘60s, where design as about curvy forms, vibrant colors and eccentric patterns,” says Nayak. “Go full throttle with bright, loud elements typical to the mod movement.”

The retro panache of mid-century modern décor perks up rooms with soft, sculptural lines, woven upholstery and bright accessories in geometric shapes. Search for vintage furniture pieces like rounded chairs and button-cushion couches with short, tapered legs to add a sense of authenticity.

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Copper Touches

“Each year, we see a particular metal rise to the top of every designer’s list, and this year, it’s all about copper,” Nayak says.

Copper is a metallic that adds modern edge to even the simplest design scheme. Small pieces make a big statement, so pepper in copper pieces through light fixtures, planters or table settings. Display copper cookware in your kitchen – it’s a great way to add a touch of glamour without going over the top.

 

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Organic Elements

“It’s easy to bring nature into your home,” Nayak assures. “Leave linear styles out of the equation. Instead, think of free-flowing shapes, colors found in nature and the peaceful serenity associated with the outdoors.”

Mount antlers above your mantel or create centerpieces with shells, metallic leaves or branches. Juxtapose earthy components against woodsy furniture and ivory tones for an outdoorsy aesthetic.

Source: ShurTech Brands

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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