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One of the most simple ways to save money on your energy bills is also one of the most overlooked. Turning off lights and appliances when not in use is so easy in theory, but so hard in practice. Depending on the wattage of the bulb and the price you pay for a kilowatt-hour of electricity, one light bulb left on continuously can cost you about five dollars per month. Five dollars won't affect your budget much, but when you multiply that times every light left on in the house, the total cost can be a significant dent to your budget. Simply turning off the lights every time you leave a room can help you save on bills.
Some prefer to leave some lights on all the time for safety. Outside lights can help protect your home from intruders. Putting your outdoor lights on a timer can help save electricity because they will not be on when it is daylight. Switching to a lower wattage or compact fluorescent bulbs can also mean a significant savings. Solar lighting is the best option for lowering energy bills on outdoor lighting. The initial investment might be high, but there are no monthly energy costs.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|