Uѕіng аѕ muсh nаturаl lіght іn buіldіngѕ аѕ роѕѕіblе hаѕ mаnу аdvаntаgеѕ оvеr uѕіng artificial lіghtѕ, іf іtѕ реnеtrаtіоn іѕ аррrорrіаtеlу соntrоllеd. And experts have found our bodies appreciate natural light over artificial lighting.
Now that daylight savings time has passed and the days in Denver are long, it creates a golden opportunity to take advantage of natural lighting. Using natural light helps save energy and reduce your utility bills. Discover more about how to harness the power of natural light at home and in the office.
In a tурісаl buіldіng, lіghtіng ассоuntѕ fоr 25-40 реrсеnt оf еnеrgу соnѕumрtіоn. Bу аllоwіng mоrе nаturаl lіght tо enter the building, the savings can add up. And natural light is a “white light” that is visually appealing.
While natural light is undoubtedly simple to use to use, there are some issues to consider. With natural light often comes an unpleasant glare. The area might get hot when it is flooded with sunlight. And sometimes open windows take away privacy in a home or office building.
There are simple ways to overcome these issues. For example, use artificial light in areas that get a glare during specific times of the day. When that time ends, return to using natural light. If space gets overheated, open a window to let in fresh air and let the heat escape. Sheer shades, transparent curtains, and blinds can let in plenty of natural light while maintaining a higher level of privacy in the area.
Going Green Feels Good
Whether you go green at home or work, it feels good to make a difference. Little actions add up to significant savings when more people start doing them. One of these actions is depending on the natural light. People are harnessing the power of the sun for everything from lighting to solar power. And this means terrific things for our natural resources and the future of the world for generations to come.
Plus, sunlight is a natural source of Vitamin D. When people are exposed to more sunlight, they get the right levels of this essential vitamin. As a result, their bodies are stronger and less susceptible to illnesses. And this can help boost a person's mood and overall perspective.
Consider people with sensitive skin or those taking certain medications might want to apply sunscreen if they are basking in natural light. Either way, exposure to the sunlight illuminates living and working spaces and can improve overall morale.
Save Energy to Cut Costs
The ultimate combination during the spring and summer is a combination of artificial and natural lighting. Making this happen might mean different things based on the location, its exposure to the sun, and what people need to do at home and on the job.
Even adding a little bit of natural light can help reduce the use of artificial lighting and help lower utility bills. Work with a lighting professional to learn more. Schedule a residential or commercial energy audit to find ways to reduce your energy use. An auditor reviews your current energy use and creates a guide to help you be more conservative in the future.
An energy audit will reveal no-cost and low-cost ways to save energy and cut costs on utilities. These ways may include using natural lighting and how to choose the most energy-efficient artificial lighting. Schedule an energy audit now to learn more.
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