Light in our homes affects the way we live, work, and relax. But you can cut your energy use and still enjoy the benefits of quality light.
Daylighting is the practice of using your home’s windows to bring in natural light to cut down on the use of artificial lighting. The way your home’s windows are designed and how your home is located in regards to the sun play a big role. South-facing windows provide the best opportunity for moderating seasonal temperatures. North-facing windows bring in light without the effect of direct sun and heat. So throw back the shades on these windows and control the sunlight on the east- and west-facing sides of your house. You can also maximize the use of natural daylight in your home with energy efficient windows to bring in light without affecting heating or cooling bills.
Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s site for more tips: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-home-design
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