Eco-friendly daylighting saves energy costs
Submitted by Scott Lawrence of Solar Concepts
America’s No. 1 energy cost is not gas for our vehicles but actually lights turned on in our homes and buildings. Daylighting – the utilization of natural light – can provide you, your family and the environment some added benefits.
- Produces no emissions and is replenished naturally.
- Reduces greenhouse gases.
- Saves the release of 2 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity consumption annually reduced by your daylighting system.
- Saves one-half gallon of water for each kWh of electricity consumption annually reduced by your daylighting system.
- Saves the release of other emissions that result from the burning of fossil fuels such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide or mercury.
- Provides customers with options to reduce their electric bills. For every kWh of electricity consumption annually reduced by your daylighting system, you will avoid about 10 cents (including taxes) on your electric bill.
Daylighting can be a very cost effective solution for your home. It can, in some cases, pay for itself in less than two years. Consult with a daylighting professional for the benefits that can be realized in your specific application.
Solar Concepts, located in Tempe, Ariz., has installed more than 100,000 Solatubes since 1992 and has an A+ rating with the BBB and is recipient of Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2010.
As of Aug. 2, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.