A few dollars here, a few dollars there and before you know it, your energy bills are through the roof. Even though energy-efficient technology has made its way to the forefront over the last decade or so, homeowners often make costly mistakes. Lighting up your home with the wrong bulbs, for example, is a common flaw that can easily be fixed. See below to find out how you can save money on home lighting:
- Make the switch to LEDs. Why? ENERGYSTAR qualified LED bulbs use only 20-25% of the energy used by a traditional incandescent bulb and can last up to 25 times longer. Although each bulb might cost a bit more upfront, you’ll wind up saving loads of money over the bulb’s lifespan.
- Have dimmers installed. Why? By lowering wattage with this special switch, you’ll be managing the bulb’s electrical consumption. The more you dim the lights, and the longer you keep them dimmed, the more money you’ll save.
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Why? Well, the simple reason is that there’s no reason to light up a room that’s unoccupied. But it goes beyond that. A normal incandescent bulb will cost you about 75 cents for every hour that it’s turned on. It may not sound like a lot, but leaving it on for multiple hours a day, 365 days a year definitely adds up.