Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

Daylighting Saves You Money!

by Brent Sauser

Just think of how much electricity is wasted every day by turning the lights on during the daytime.  I mean . . . the sun is up . . . and our lights are on!  How crazy is that!  Yet, we probably don’t think a thing about it and go on our merry way each day because that is what we have been conditioned to expect.  In fact, you may be thinking that I’m the one who is crazy.  Of course the lights are on!  How would we get our work done otherwise?

Let’s step out of the “always been that way” box and ask ourselves this question; “Is it possible to provide adequate lighting to the interiors of our buildings without turning on the lights?”  Think for a moment of the total number of buildings (all types, varieties, and sizes) that exist in the United States alone.  I would estimate that number to be in the gazillions . . . plus or minus.  Every building, large and small, has multiple light fixtures that serve an indisputable function at night.  But, why are they on during the day time?  There are three possible answers:

  • We simply don’t know any better.
  • The buildings are designed inefficiently and prevent daylight into the interior.
  • We are unaware of the products and technology that exists right now to provide sun light . . . FREE LIGHT . . . into our buildings.

At my age, I get that we are (in general) creatures of habit.  We tend to depend on the “tried and true” to get us through.  However, I also believe that when a better “mousetrap” is presented and understood, great things can happen.  If I was to say to you that your electric bill could be substantially reduced by not having to rely on light fixtures turned on during the daytime . . . that is, real money back in your pocket . . . would this be of interest to you?

Click on the category “Products: Daylighting” for cost effective products that will provide FREE sunlight into the interior of your building.

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