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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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