Skylights: The Natural Way to Save Electricity

These days, everyone is looking for ways to save electricity. Part of the reason is altruistic; people want to do their bit to lessen their carbon footprint and combat climate change. And part of the reason is based on self-interest; they want to save money. Skylights provide a great way to save energy, save money, and lessen your impact on the planet in one easy go.

More natural light for longer

Overusing lights is one of the most common ways in which we waste electricity. Houses and offices that haven’t been built with eco-friendly designs in mind often have rooms that get gloomy as the afternoon wears on. Even eco-friendly houses that have been built to optimise natural light can suffer from inconvenient shadows, especially if furniture and décor disrupt the light flow. Our tubular skylights are the solution.

The unique design of our tube lights and light collectors catch sunlight throughout the day, all year round, even during the tricky twilight or overcast days. The reflective aluminium in the tubes then concentrates the light down to the diffuser which disperses the light evenly throughout your home or office. As the light comes from the sun above, you don’t have to worry about awkward shadows that would ordinarily have you reaching for your lamp at 15h00. You’ll find that you can happily sit in enough natural light to read or work  well past the usual time. Our Skylights come with an optional patented night light in the tube if required. This fitting comes with an energy saving bulb for maximum energy efficiency.

Small in size, big on insulation

When it comes to saving electricity, tubular skylights have a major advantage over flat skylights: the surface area is smaller so heat loss is less. The design means that they can also be better insulated, so that you don’t unnecessarily lose heat in winter or coolness in summer.

As helpful as they are when it comes to saving energy, skylights can’t perform miracles, so you still have to follow the standard tips if you want to save significantly on your electricity bill.

  • Switch off lights when you leave a room.
  • Only turn on your geyser for a few hours per day.
  • Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Use energy-efficient bulbs.

Healthier for you and for the environment

In addition to lowering your carbon footprint and helping you to save electricity at home, skylights are also good for your health. Several studies have shown that natural light places less strain on your eyes than artificial lighting when working on a computer or reading. Sunshine is also one of nature’s anti-depressants, so the more natural light you have in your home or office, the better your mood. And, if that wasn’t enough, people who work in rooms with plenty of sunlight perform better and are more productive than those who have fluorescent lighting flickering above them. Fluorescents flicker at 50 times a second and are known to cause eye strain and / or migraine under prolonged use .

If you’re busy working on plans to build an eco-friendly house, then you need to include tubular skylights in all of the major rooms in your home. Even if you don’t have any immediate plans to build an eco-home, you can still enjoy the electricity saving benefits of tubular skylights. They are easy to install in any room in your home, including your bathroom.

Contact us to find out more about how to save electricity in your home by installing tubular skylights.