1. Determine how much lighting is needed for your home's exterior, and place lamps where they can provide the most coverage. Replacing older outdoor fixtures and lamps with newer ones can greatly improve efficiency.
2. Select a few focal points of interest to highlight such as the front entrance or beautiful shrubs. Use solar lights to accentuate steps and walkways. Solar-powered lamps are cost-effective and environmental friendly.
3. Switch to low-voltage lights for your outdoor areas and landscape. They can be used to illuminate features at night, rather than an entire area.
4. Install motion-sensing lights or ones with built-in automatic day light shut-off. They provide lighting without the need for leaving outdoor lights on all night.