Save on energy bills by making the most of natural light streaming into your home
Skylights are a great source of natural light
Maximising your use of natural light will save on lighting bills, warm your home and help eliminate germs and dust mites. Here are six tips to help get the most out of natural light around the house.
1. Keep the walls light
Paint interior walls in pale shades and use mirrors to reflect natural light, particularly in dark rooms.
2. Open blinds and curtains
On bright, sunny days (that aren’t too hot) open blinds and curtains to admit as much light as possible.
3. Install French doors
If your house is especially dark, think about installing large windows on the north side of the house, or even French doors. Make windows taller rather than wider, to admit more light.
4. Place desks near windows
Situate work areas, such as desks and kitchen sinks and benches, close to sources of natural light.
5. Put in skylights
Consider installing skylights in dark corners such as hallways or small rooms with no windows. To minimise heat flow, make sure they are covered at night and shaded at midday in summer.
6. Use a sky tube
A cheap and effective alternative to a skylight is a sky tube or solar tube. It concentrates and reflects natural light through a diffuser into the room below. The light generated is the equivalent of a 100-watt bulb. A sky tube loses less heat than a skylight and can be fitted with an exhaust fan as well as a light for nighttime.