Americans are expressing more concerns about the environment than ever. They have stated that climate change is one of the biggest existential threats facing our generation.
Fortunately, there is a lot more emphasis on sustainability. One study found that 60% of Americans are living greener lifestyles. Millennials are especially committed to green living. Polls have shown that millennials are placing a greater emphasis on buying products from sustainable brands.
There are many ways people can live more sustainable lifestyles. One focus in on using natural light.
Natural Lighting is a Key Element of Green Living
Natural light is essential for our health, our mood and our general well-being. Not only is it responsible for kick-starting our dopamine and serotonin levels in the mornings but natural light provides us with a good dose of Vitamin D, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth as well as protecting against a range of conditions such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and cancer.
In addition to its health benefits, natural light can also significantly reduce energy costs for homeowners and businesses. As energy costs for homes and businesses in Australia continue to rise, it’s important to do what you can in order to lower your costs where you can. Choosing sustainable energy sources such as solar power and incorporating the benefits of more natural light will not only lower your bills but it will also have a positive impact on your carbon footprint.
Continue reading to learn how natural lighting can reduce your eco-impact in the future.
Light Hallways and Corridors
Hallways, foyers, and corridors are typically the darkest part of homes and office buildings simply because there are very few windows in these areas. While the temptation might be to stick a lamp in the area, skylights can do a better job of illuminating the space naturally. With natural light flooding into the space throughout the day, you don’t have to worry about wasting energy when lights are left for long periods of time during the day.
As well as being an effective way to light dark spaces, natural light can also be used to keep your home warm during the winter. As opposed to setting your thermostat to a high temperature during the winter months, consider opening your blinds and letting some natural light into rooms to keep them warm. Not having to run the heating all day long, will lower the cost of your utility bills and reduce the amount of energy you are using.
Reduce Reliance On Artificial Lighting
Using more natural light doesn’t just benefit your bank balance it also benefits the planet. It takes years for some of the materials that are used to create artificial light to decompose, especially if they are not recycled. Every year millions of light bulbs of all varieties are disposed of in landfills adding to the amount of unnecessary waste that we are all contributing on an annual basis. Finding ways to use natural light as opposed to using light bulbs is one way to not only reduce pollution but to also take an eco-friendly stance that will benefit the planet and future generations for many years to come.
One of the most popular ways to harness the benefits of natural light is through solar energy. The cost of solar panels in Australia has dropped significantly over the last number of years, making them much more affordable and accessible to everyone. More and more homes and businesses across the country are making the switch to solar power, lowering their energy bills and their carbon footprint in the process. Solar power is a highly effective way of powering your home or business with little impact on the environment. We should all make the switch to solar power from fossil fuels and utilize the power of natural light for the future of the planet.
Lower Your Environmental Impact with Natural Light
Natural light is one of the most efficient sources of energy we have available to us. Exposure to natural light is good for our mental health, it can help to keep serious medical conditions at bay and even save us money on our energy bills. What’s more, utilizing the power of the sun will lower your carbon footprint, resulting in a positive impact on the environment for future generations. Unfortunately, in the last number of decades, humankind has collectively done a lot to damage our planet and it’s time for us all to step up and right some of these wrongs. Utilizing the power natural light is a great place to start and will lead to a brighter future for all of us.