Bright lights on a budget

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Monday, December 16, 2013

PEOPLE in general have a tendency to overuse light, thus resulting in higher bills to pay. Although we would like to conserve money and energy, it seems difficult since most of us think that the only way to save energy is by turning them off.

For this concern, Davao Light and Power Company has listed down a few things you might find helpful and fascinating:

1. Keep them clean. If you notice a weaker glow of light from your bulbs, chances are, they just need a little dusting. Removing dirt and dust from our lighting fixtures would improve their efficiency by 20 percent. The more your light bulb works, the less likely you are to light up another one just to brighten up the room.

2. Be artistic. Remember how your art teacher kept on discussing 'reflected light'? Apparently, reflected light does not only benefit art, it can also reflect savings. You can keep a small room well lit up by a bulb of low wattage just by letting its light reflect or bounce off a light colored wall.

3. Avail of the florescent discount. Although florescent lights are more expensive, they actually use 75 percent less electricity and last 10 times longer than incandescent ones.

4. Go all natural. Nothing beats natural light when it comes to illuminating certain parts of the house. Open your windows, unveil those curtains and if possible, make use of light tubes or translucent roofing that allows daylight to pass through to a focused area of the interiors. These simple forms of 'daylighting' allow just the right amount of radiance to make your household look picturesque.

Since lighting accounts for 15 percent of our household electric use, not wasting power on unused lights would be tantamount to real savings. With these simple steps, you can enjoy the comforts of a well lit home, be an effective architect and environmentalist, and all that on a friendly budget.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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