As a homeowner with many bills to pay and a commitment to helping your environment, you may be looking for alternative ways to reduce your carbon footprint when it comes to your home. One simple way to significantly do this is to switch all of the lights in your home to LED or solar.
The acronym LED is thrown around a lot, usually in reference to modern Christmas lights, but did you know that the letters stand for “light emitting diodes”? These lights have revolutionized energy efficiency by using only 20 per cent of the energy that’s required to power traditional light bulbs for the same output of light.
LED bulbs last about five years, which also means they require less maintenance and installation and reduce the amount of toxic waste that continues to add to our landfill sites. LED lights are not made up of the same materials as compact fluorescent bulbs so they don’t use mercury and other hazardous materials, either.
Gemini Group Electrical Systems offers LEDs for lamps, lights and landscapes. Typically these bulbs are the same size as bulbs you currently use so replacing your existing light bulbs shouldn’t be difficult. The natural light that LEDs emit are also available in a variety of colours and some can even be used with dimmer switches.
In addition to their energy saving properties in terms of the amount of power they require, LEDs save energy in other parts of your home as well because they are not as hot as traditional bulbs so your HVAC system can operate more efficiently as well. They also emit less UV, IR and electromagnetic fields in your home.
To be truly environmentally friendly you could harvest the sun’s natural energy with Free Solar Lights for your garden or patio. These lights feature solar cells on the top and charge all day so they can light up all evening. They don’t use wires or electricity, which also means the only cost is to purchase them.
For more energy saving solutions, visit Gemini Electrical Systems at 8551 Weston Road, Unit 10 in Woodbridge. Or check them out online at www.geminigroupinc.com.