| September 13, 2023

Efficient lighting tips for
fall and winter

Prepare your home for colder seasons.

Shorter days in Nova Scotia means homeowners and renters are keeping lights on longer.

Efficient lighting during the fall and winter months can help create a cozy atmosphere, while minimizing energy consumption and costs. Our team put together tips to help achieve efficient lighting during the fall and winter season.

Switch to LEDs
LEDs are up to 90% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. LEDs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are widely used in wall sconces, light stringers, vanity lights, and other decorative fixtures.

To help make this switch easy, we offer free LEDs and installation to homeowner and renters in Nova Scotia. Book your appointment today.

Upgrade to Energy-efficient Fixtures
When replacing light fixtures, choose energy-efficient ones that are designed to maximize light output while minimizing energy consumption. To ensure the fixture is the most efficient on the market, look for the ENERGY STAR label.

Through our Instant Savings program , we offer in-store rebates on energy efficient products, like fixtures, at a participating retailer near you.

Install Dimmer Switches
Install dimmer switches for overhead lights and table lamps. Dimming the lights can create a warm, cozy ambiance and reduce energy consumption. Remember, not all lights (LEDs or incandescent) are compatible with dimmer switches. Refer to the package to make sure the pairing is correct.

Take advantage of our in-store instant rebates on energy efficient products, like dimmer switches, at a participating retailer near you.

Utilize Natural Light
Take advantage of natural daylight by keeping curtains and blinds open during the day.

Use Task Lighting
Use task lighting where needed instead of illuminating an entire room. This is particularly useful for reading, cooking, or working.

Install Motion Sensors
Motion sensors lights benefit a home both inside and outside your home. Outside, motion sensors increase security around your property when movement is detected.

Inside your home, motion sensors are ideal for automatically illuminating a dark staircase, or laundry room when your hands are full.

No matter where they are installed, motion sensors are energy efficient, used only as needed, and offer cost savings.

Use Timers for Holiday Lighting
No matter what holiday you’re decorating for, use timers to turn on and off decorative lights, reducing the time they are on.

You can save in-store instantly on heavy-duty outdoor timers through our Instant Savings program. Visit a participating retailer near you to redeem your rebate.

Smart Lighting
Consider investing in smart lighting systems that allow you to control your lights remotely and set schedules to optimize energy use.

Unplug Unused Lights
Don’t forget to turn off and unplug decorative or unused lighting to prevent unnecessary energy usage.

Solar-Powered Outdoor Lighting
Consider using solar-powered outdoor lights for pathways and gardens, which charge during the day and illuminate at night without relying on electricity.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a well-lit and cozy home during the fall and winter months while reducing your energy consumption and energy costs.