If you’ve converted your garage area into a multi-use room or workshop, you’ve probably realized you’re now spending extra money every month to keep it heated and lit. Fortunately, both heating and lighting in your garage can be scaled based on the degree to which you actually use the space.
Of course, it doesn’t make much sense to leave lights burning and the heat cranking in your garage when it’s not being used. If your garage isn’t adequately insulated, heat, especially, may be escaping so fast that your central heating system will have trouble keeping up.
At Perfect Fit Garages, we design custom storage solutions to help our clients make the most of their garage space. However, we also want to be sure that these garage spaces don’t become huge energy sinks once they’ve been converted to a more ‘livable’ space. With this in mind, here are a few simple tips for heating and lighting your garage based on usage:
Most people are aware that CFLs use less energy than more traditional bulbs, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best choice for every situation. In fact, CFLs are more appropriate for situations where they will be turned on and left on for some time, such as in an outdoor light that stays up from sundown to sunup.
CFLs will actually fall short of their potential when used in situations where they’re constantly turned on and off, like in a bathroom or kitchen. Installing CFLs with timers on your outdoor garage lights is a great way to make sure you’re only using these lights when needed.
Lay on the LEDs
As for the lights inside your garage, you’ll most likely want to maintain the freedom to turn them on or off at your convenience. In this case, you should certainly consider installing LED lights that don’t contain mercury, aren’t affected by how frequently they’re used, and actually consume less energy than CFLs.
While LEDs are much more efficient than CFLs, some complain that they are much harder on the eyes, in which case you might consider softening them a bit with a cover. Connecting your garage LEDs to a motion sensor is also a great way to make sure you’re not using excess energy when you forget to turn the lights off when leaving.
Use Incandescent Bulbs with a Dimmer
If you’ve stocked up on incandescent bulbs over the years, you can consider dimming them to reduce the total amount of electricity they use. Although incandescent bulbs are more easily used with a dimmer, most homeowners find that they still don’t provide the same type of energy savings possible through the use of CFLs and LEDs.
Adjust Thermostat Overnight
If you don’t already adjust your thermostat before getting in bed, this can be a great way to reduce the total energy consumption of your entire home. If you’ve altered your central heating system to heat your converted garage, this extra space is sure to elevate your energy costs, which only increases your need to reduce energy usage by adjusting your thermostat overnight.
Heat and lighting are two large areas in which you can save energy by making several small changes. However, it can be tough to get to these projects when you haven’t yet organized your garage. Give the pros at Perfect Fit Garages a call at 1-587-230-8120 to discuss your garage storage needs today!