From hybrid cars to recycled shopping bags, the world is “going green” in an effort to save the environment and provide a better future for our children. If you look around, you will see many people trying to do their part, no matter how small, to make this world a better place to live.
If you want to take a stab at “green” living or you are a green living aficionado looking to expand your horizons, you can adopt green living habits in your landscape lighting easily and without much effort.
Many people shy away from practicing green living because they become overwhelmed at the prospect. Even if you need to start off small, a small gesture is better than no action at all. If you have never attempted to try a green living habit, why not start with your landscape lighting?
The energy consumption from your landscape lighting can be a big constraint on your energy efficiency. With just a few simple techniques, you can be on your way to creating a safer environment.
1. A Blueprint
If you haven’t started your landscape design or you want to re-design a new blueprint, sketch out your design so you can show others when you need assistance. If your blueprint is already completed, you can take it to your local garden store and ask them for tips on creating a more “green” lighting landscape. Sometimes the people in your local area will have the best tips that will work for your specific location. Your local store will also have experience in what works for your budget, labor, and time investment.
2. Low Voltage Lighting
Here at Best Pro Lighting, we encourage low voltage lighting because it provides superior lighting to your landscape design without sacrificing price, energy, or beauty. Low voltage lighting is energy efficient and maximizes power to save you money on your electric bill. Besides the “green” seal of approval, this lighting is a perfect addition to walkways, paths, decks, and sidewalks. Low voltage landscape lights are easy to install as well.
Many landscape lights can be hooked up to a timer which will automatically turn your lights on and off according to your schedule. By setting your lights to a time, you will avoid wasting power when your lights are on at unnecessary times of the day. You can opt for a mechanical timer that requires manual adjustments or an astronomical timer that is programmed to operate based on your location on the map. Your lights will automatically turn on or off depending on the settings.
4. Solar Lighting
Solar panels have become the wave of the future and many homeowners are using them in their landscapes. Since their inception, solar panels have dropped in price, yet have become more efficient and able to absorb more power. Though some older model solar lights provide a weaker illumination, the newer models burn brightly for longer periods of time. Set solar panels where they will receive maximum light during the day.
Take the time to research the ways you can create a “greener” environment with your landscape lighting. With only a small amount of effort, you can make a large impact on the environment.