Chances are you’ve already considered upgrades that’ll increase the value of your home. In the end, some may be worth it and some may not. But one place you simply can’t go wrong is lighting upgrades because it’ll make your Houston home more energy-efficient. So, you’ll add value with the upgrades themselves, plus you’ll save more on your monthly electric bill.
Homeowners Today Demand Energy-Efficient Homes
The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) says that lighting accounts for up to 20% of a home’s electrical use. It’s easy to see that by implementing energy-efficient lighting strategies, you can really save money on your energy bill.
The NAHB also points out that 90% of homebuyers seek to purchase energy-efficient homes over homes that lack energy-saving solutions. Moreover, they’re more than willing to pay for it.
In fact, in addition to energy-efficient interior lighting solutions, 41% of buyers won’t buy a home without energy-efficient exterior lighting considerations.
So, upgrading your home’s electrical lighting solutions doesn’t just add value to your home. It makes it more appealing to future buyers and will increase your resale value.
Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Houston Home’s Lighting
The great thing about upgrading your Houston’s home’s lighting is that it’s one of the least expensive ways to add value to your home. At the same time, energy-efficient lighting solutions will add more functionality and appeal to your home.
Here’s how to do it:
Add Light Dimmers
Though dimmers have been around for well over 50 years, today’s light dimmers are much more energy-efficient than they once were. They reduce the flow of electricity to the bulb itself, so lights use lower power outputs to operate. As a result, the life span of your bulb is extended. Of course, it’s also great to be able to control the brightness of your lights with a dimmer switch. A dimmer can improve the aesthetic appeal of your room with the flick of the dimmer switch. But, there are monetary benefits as well. Three dimmer switches in the home can save an average of around $100 a year.
Install Sensors and Timers
Do you ever walk into a room you haven’t been in for hours and realize the light’s been on the whole time? That’ll cost you a few bucks over time. An easy solution is to add lighting control sensors. These detect body heat and will automatically turn lights off once you leave the room. You can also pre-program light switch timers to turn lights off at designated times.
LED Upgrades Are a No Brainer
The concept of energy-efficient lighting is best accomplished with LED lighting solutions. LED lights don’t warm up the home as they put out less heat. Yet, they’re brighter, so you don’t need as many fixtures. They can also save up to 78% of your electricity lighting costs so the upgrades pay for themselves over time. Because the bulbs last a long time, you’ll spend less time on a ladder changing out the lights.
Don’t Neglect Energy-Efficient Exterior Lighting Solutions
Exterior lighting is one of the top features homebuyers look for. The main thing is you want to be sure that your exterior lighting system is LED so it’s energy-efficient. When designed and implemented right, exterior lighting will also highlight your home’s key features and add allure to your home. You can also focus on areas that are too dark or have too many shadows to avoid intruders. Some homeowner’s insurance plans will even offer lower premiums if you add security lights that have a motion detector.
No doubt you want the most energy-efficient lighting solutions that’ll save you money while offering major benefits for you and your family. But, it’s nice to know that it’ll also increase your home’s value to future buyers, should you ever decide to sell.
You’ll also reap benefits right away by saving money on your electric bill. Those savings will add up over time and accumulatively will pay for any lighting upgrades you choose.
To get the most out of any lighting upgrades, it’s best to consult a residential electrical lighting specialist to advise you on the best options available to you.
At Houston’s Illuminations Lighting, we take a holistic approach to help our customers. We don’t just have the best electrical contractors around. We team up with lighting designers to deliver the best lighting solutions available.
Our service area extends well beyond Houston’s metropolitan area. We service much of Southeast Texas, including River Oaks, West University, Memorial, Southside, Bellaire, Royal Oaks and more.
Contact us at 713-863-1133 to talk about how we can help you with your energy-efficient lighting upgrades.