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7 LED Lighting Tips to Save on Your Energy Bills

7 LED Lighting Tips to Save on Your Energy Bills

Rising energy bills have compelled people to look for energy efficient solutions. Increasing inclination toward energy efficient solutions are not just good for your budget, but also favorable for the environment.

Lighting is an important part of every establishment, including domestic and commercial buildings.

You can save a lot of money with lighting by just choosing the right type of lights. LED lights are a better choice because there is no filament, gas, glass envelop or mercury in the bulbs.

LED lights, therefore, can be a viable alternative to save more money on energy and here are some of the reason why they can be your best choice for saving energy and money.

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1.Efficiency of LED lights

LEDs have the ability to submit light in a specific location. Their light source is directional. As they do not emit light in every direction, they also do not emit heat in all the directions. It enables the light to use the energy more efficiently.

Even when you are using LED lights you can save more on electricity bills if you follow some simple and easy tips.

2.Turn lights off when not needed

The best method of saving energy and becoming more energy efficient is to be careful. Do not leave lights on in places where there is no one in the area.

Make it a habit to turn the lights off whenever you leave a room. Lights consume energy – even the smallest LED lights – so when you leave them on they add to the electricity bill. You should turn the lights off even when leaving the room in just minutes. It can have a huge impact on the bills.

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3.Achieve efficiency with motion sensors

If you want to achieve efficiency, then the best way is using motion sensors. Install motion sensors for the interior lighting. By using motion sensors you do not have to worry about turning the lights off.

When you enter the room, the lights will switch on automatically. The lights will turn off automatically as well. Motion sensors are not a big investment. They are easily available at home improvement stores.

4. Using door jamb switches

These are an excellent option for places such as pantries or closets. The light only switches on when you open the door. You do not have to worry about remembering to switch the light off when you leave these places.

It is highly convenient if you have small kids who cannot reach the switch. The lights will automatically activate with the opening of the door and switch off when you close the door. You only need to remember to close the door carefully.

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5. Replacing high wattage bulbs with low wattage bulbs

There are certain lights that need to be left on and if you want to keep the electricity bills under control. The best way of doing that is to replace those bulbs with low wattage bulbs. You can control the electric usage by being smart about the lights you choose.

Do not ignore the wattage. You can use LED spots guide to make the best choice – just hit the Translate button on Google to read this guide.

6.Making the best of natural light

The best way of saving money on energy bills if you are smart about using the lights is to design your home cleverly. You need to design the place in a way that helps in saving energy. You need to take advantage of natural light.

The best way is to have large windows or a skyline. There are modern glass options that will only let in light and no heat.

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7.Always prefer energy star qualified fixtures

There are a lot of styles available when it comes to the fixtures. It is important that you chose the style which helps in distributing the light evenly. It is better to look for fixtures that are better than the standard fixtures. There are fixtures that offer features such as dimming the lights.

You will see a significant decrease in the electricity bills by just using LED lights, but it is always better to strive for more efficiency. These tips will help you save more money and do a big favor to the environment as well.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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