Halloween can be a tough time for anyone afraid of the dark. In fact, the wrong horror flick on the wrong night could leave you leaving the lights on in every room in the house. Whether you’re the bravest of the bunch or scared of your own shadow, we have you covered with the energy-saving lighting tips you need to make it through the fall.
The Right Kind of Dim Bulb
For both inside lights and outside lights, look into installing electrical dimmers to reduce energy consumption. That way, you can control exactly how much electricity is used. Even dimming your lights a barely noticeable 15% can reduce your energy bill by up to 15%. Be warned, however, that not all outdoor lighting is compatible with dimming technology. So check both your lights and your outlets for compatibility.
Go Through the Motion Sensors
Want to feel like there’s magic in your home? Install motion sensors. Both entertaining and efficient, motion sensors switch lights on when you enter a sensor area and switch them off after a pre-set time. That way, the lights stay on for only as long as you need them. Try them in areas that you pass through such as hallways, storage rooms, and outside garden paths.
Get Your Timing Right
Save yourself some hassle with light timers. Timers are electrical circuits with built-in clocks. They act as a communicator between the power source and the light, turning on and off based on the hours you set. A timer is a great way to manage outside lights — just set the timer to turn on at sunset and turn off at sunrise, and you’ll soon be saving both time and money.