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Reset timers on lights

Now that the days are getting longer, make sure to reset your timers to turn lights on later, when it begins to get dark. There’s no point in lighting up your house in broad daylight.

Install a dimmer switch

Are some of your overhead lights brighter than they need to be? Install a dimmer switch to set it just the way you like.

Switch to LEDs

Though you can no longer find them in stores, the average B.C. home still has 17 incandescent bulbs in use, according to a 2018 survey. With the prices for highly efficient LED bulbs continuing to fall, there’s a quick payback for installing them in place of incandescents, especially in high-use fixtures and lamps. As an added bonus, LED bulbs will take repeated switching and last as long as 25 years.

Add task lighting where you need it

It takes more wattage to light an entire room with overhead fixtures than to light specific areas for reading or performing other tasks. Turn off ceiling lights and use table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights in work and hobby areas as well as in kitchens.

Smarten up your lighting

Attach photo sensors or motion detectors to outside lights rather than leaving them on overnight. Outdoors or in, consider upgrading to smart bulbs such as the Philips Hue or Lifx that can be controlled from a smartphone, change colours or brightness, respond to voice commands or just switch on and off according to a pre-programmed schedule.