Patrick McCarran

Going Green: Seeing the Light

If you want to be eco-friendly and want to help the environment, yet worry that making changes in your home will be costly or inconsequential, think about lighting.
Making-energy efficient home improvements doesn’t have to mean sweeping changes. You can help do your share to go green and creating a better carbon footprint for your house by taking a first step and start changing out your lights.
Recent studies have reported that 80% of homebuyers identify energy savings and comfortable surroundings as key factors when deciding between listings, so more agents today are working with home sellers on innovative energy, environmental and ecological approaches and opportunities for selling the home.
One simple and easy change concerns the lighting in your house. Today’s green lighting isn’t limited to the fluorescent light bulbs to which most people have quickly adapted. There are plenty of other options including LED gaining in popularity as a viable and affordable home-lighting source.
LED is a energy-efficient, semi-conducting light source that started growing in popularity in 2007. In the past, LED lighting appeared as unattractive blue hues but today’s LED lighting offers the same bright white output or a warm color option that was the staple of incandescent lighting. LED light now come in all shapes and sizes including chandelier faux flames lights and four foot tubes to retrofit your garage fixtures. You buy a retrofit for your can lights or recessed lighting that is a simply switch out. LED lighting can also be used as a tool in some areas of the home that will better showcase features when one looks around. From track lighting over the fireplace to under-counter cabinet lighting to can lighting in the hall, LED fixtures can cast dramatic light on your home’s best features.
There are plenty of other benefits as well. LED lighting uses 75% less electricity than the standard incandescent light bulbs, and LED bulbs last 50 times longer than standard bulbs, saving you money.
Energy-efficient lighting can also be used in exterior fixtures of the home as well, such as around any deck, pool, patio or garden. These low-energy emitting lights are perfect complements to any outdoor features you want to show off.
Taking advantage of these modern lights will not only let you help the environment, but it may benefit your pocketbook as well.
Patrick McCarran is a local Realtor and Broker. He can be contact by phone or text at (925) 899-5536, or Each office independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity.