| By Kayla in Energy Action Alerts - May 03, 2012
Cut Your Lighting BillsOne of the easiest ways to cut lighting bills is by switching to more efficient light bulbs.
Lighting accounts for 10-15% of your total household energy use, which makes it a great place to start trying to cut back on your energy bills. Here are 5 ways that can save you money when it comes to your lighting:
Turn them off
Make sure everyone in your household turns lights off in rooms and fixtures that are not in use.
Switch to bulbs that use less energy
New federal lighting standards will soon limit the types of incandescent light bulbs available in the marketplace, so now is the perfect time to switch to more energy efficient bulbs.
Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) are often the most accessible option for residents looking to save on their energy bills. Estimates show that by switching to energy efficient bulbs, families can save an average of $125 per year. Some residents have even seen savings of more than $300 per year! Don’t forget: you and your neighbors can receive free CFLs through Neighbor to Neighbor.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are often referred to as the “lighting of the future,” this type of light bulb can use up to 95% less energy and last up to 70 times longer than a traditional light bulb! As changes in technology continue to drive prices lower, LEDs will become the go-to option across the country.
Lighting Occupancy Sensors
Similar to a motion sensor, this device detects when a room is occupied, and when it’s not – it will automatically turn off your lights. Excellent for high traffic areas and the rooms where your kids are always leaving the lights on, lighting occupancy sensors can help you see maximum efficiency and savings!
Use a Timer
Don’t like coming home to a dark house? Are you repeatedly noticing that you left the outdoor lights on all night? Putting certain lights, especially outdoor and entrance way lighting, on a timer could add up to significant savings.
Use the Sun
Take advantage of the longer days before it gets too hot by opening your blinds and curtains and letting in some free natural sunlight.