Patio season is almost upon us, so why not turn yours into an outdoor space to be proud of and take advantage of the hot weather? Stay cool and comfortable, save money and make the most of summer by beautifying your outdoor space with energy efficiency in mind. Follow these tips when you’re upgrading.
Solar-powered lights are a great addition to patios and backyards alike. This outdoor lighting automatically charges during the day and can last anywhere between eight and 10 hours without increasing your electricity bill.
Beautify tip: Changing light fixtures can significantly change the look of your space. Look for the ENERGY STAR ® seal on fixtures, which use a quarter of the electricity that standard fixtures use.
Reduce your energy consumption with heavy-duty outdoor timers. Set patio lights to turn on just before sundown and off well before sunrise to avoid wasting energy. If you have an outdoor pond or pool, installing a timer can help you save up to $50 on your monthly electricity bill. The key is to program your pump to be off during the day (during peak hours for energy consumption) and circulate water in the evening instead, to keep your pool clean and chemically balanced.
Beautify tip: Use lighting to highlight certain parts of your garden like seating areas, features and pathways.
Using a patio gazebo doesn’t just help cool your patio area; it can also block the sun from shining directly through your windows, which heats up your home’s interior.
Beautify tip: Decorate your patio gazebo by adding hanging planters or install mosquito screening to keep the bugs at bay during humid evenings.
Upgrade your light bulbs to ENERGY STAR-certified LEDs. They last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and use about 70 to 90 per cent less energy. Plus, LEDs come in all shapes, sizes and colours, so you can tailor your outdoor space to your personal style.
Beautify tip: Keep light bulb colour temperature in mind to create the right ambience on your patio and opt for warmer, more natural hues (3000K and below). These warmer lights can mimic the light generated from a campfire or during golden hour as the sun sets in the summer.