Simple Lighting Switches for Electricity Savings

save-money-electricityAs the seasons change again, do you find yourself eying rising utility costs and wondering how to save money on electricity. Saving electricity doesn’t just make good environmental sense, it’s also good for your bank account. Even small changes in the way you use energy can help you save on electricity bills.

Try these easy ideas to light your home get ready to save money on electricity:

Use natural light. Keep your windows, curtains, and doors open during the day. Natural light is brighter than artificial light and it’s also good for your eyes.

Reflect. If you’ve got a budget, consider creative use of mirrors to spread the sunlight even further. Products such as Solatube create a reflective tunnel to direct light into dark rooms even if no windows are available. While there is an initial cost, you’ll save money on electricity in the long run.

Turn off and unplug. Do you have specialty lamps that you rarely use. Don’t just turn them off unplug them. Also know as referred to as vampire energy, lots of appliances draw power even when they’re off.  If you don’t want to unplug a bunch of small lights, try a power strip. You may be surprised how something as simple as a power strip can help you save money on electricity.

Switch up your lights. Banish old bulbs and switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Prices for CFLs have dropped dramatically in recent years and quality is finally as good or better than the bulbs you’ll be replacing.

If you’re looking for ways to save money on electricity bills, the easiest way to start saving is by changing the lighting around your home. These changes are also a good return on investment. In some cases — like using CFLs — you’ll probably save enough electricity on your first bill to pay for the lights!

About Barbara Holbrook

Barbara lives in Southern California where she writes about technology, design and smart ways to go green.

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