Everyone is pinching pennies and cutting costs. There is not a family in this country that is not concerned at some point during the year with the bottom dollar of the bills they have. Even the wealthy of wealthy Americans are feeling the economic crush and are cutting back expenses. Little things that we do can will help to cut bills and a big place that most families try to cut back but fail is in their lighting.
Electric bills can be drastically reduced by taking some very simple, gradual steps and being committed to the energy savings. Many people do not realize how much electricity is used and wasted by a single bulb and a few quick fixes can help reduce the electric bill by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
GE has been working on a LED bulb that will actually use almost 80% less energy than a traditional bulb, you can read a review of it here. Changing bulbs to energy saving ones is one big step to reducing your electric bill. Of course it would not be a savings if you went out and replaced every bulb in your house while they are still working, so changing them as they burn out is your smartest option. Keeping good track of which bulbs you change and when is a good way to track your savings. One bulb can almost save eighty dollars a year depending on usage so you need to be diligent in tracking when you change the bulbs and your fluctuating energy bills.
Depending on the type of energy saving or energy-efficient bulbs you purchase will depend on how long they will last during normal use. Of course turning lights off when you leave the room and not having the whole house lit up all the time is a sure fire way to reduce a high electric bill. Common sense will tell you that when the light is not on, it is not using any electric. Turning lights off, combined with a lower watt, energy efficient light bulb, are the first step to reducing the electric bill.
Two sure fire ways of reducing your electric bill is to use dimmer switches and motion sensors. Dimmer switches are inexpensive items that can be picked up where ever electrical switches are sold and they will knock another five or so percent, per light, off your electric bill. There is not always a need for a light to be on full and bright and the dimmer switch will save you and that adds up at the end of the year. A dimmer switch also saves money in the long run because the bulbs don’t wear out as quickly. Motion sensors or timers on outdoor lights and hallways are a great idea for the family that just can’t seem to remember to turn off the lights all the time. A motion sensor that is installed in all the closets will turns the light on when the doors open and will turn the light off after a few minutes.
Switching your light bulbs are the easiest and most pain free way of lowering your energy costs. Once you purchase the light bulbs (this is a great source to buy your lights) and start replacing them, you no longer have to think about the task. Dimmer switches and motion lights are great in certain areas of your home and should be installed to add even more cost savings. If some bulbs don’t work for your family there is a wide variety of energy efficient bulbs, from LED to Halogen, on the market that will enable you to save money and not have to live in the dark or live by candle light.