Lighting your home is a costly necessity. Although you are probably grateful that you don't have to light up candles when night falls, you probably realize how costly it can be to keep your home flowing with bright light. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to save on lighting your home without cutting out your power completely.
Swap Out Light Fixtures
If you haven't touched your light fixtures for years, its time to swap out old fixtures for more energy efficient models. Older light fixtures suck energy and use bulbs that are less efficient, wasting your money. If you swap out the fixtures that you use most in your home for energy star rated fixtures, you can save up to $65 a year on lighting!
When you are swapping out your fixtures, opt for fixtures that use LED bulbs or compact florescent light bulbs. Both types of bulbs are more energy efficient than your standard bulbs.
Swapping out your fixtures is a bit time consuming and might be confusing. If you don't feel comfortable switching them yourself you can hire a local electrician to swap out your fixtures for you. Not only will they be able to swap out your fixtures, but they will be able to point you towards the most energy efficient fixtures, with the best lighting, for each room in your home.
Clean Windows and Lightbulbs
If you have large windows, you should take advantage of the light that they bring into your home during the day. If your windows are smudged, greasy and spattered with dirt, it will limit the light that is brought into your homes. Clean your windows with newspaper and a bit of window cleaner for a streak-free shine, and you will be amazed at the improved quality of light.
Similarly, lightbulbs can collect dust and debris, which limits the power of the light that they emit. When your lightbulbs are obstructed by these things, you might find yourself reaching to turn on a few more lamps to get the amount of light you desire. Carefully clean each of your lightbulbs to ensure that it is emitting the best quality of light, and you most likely won't have the need to turn on a supplemental lamp.
Focus Your Lighting
Instead of turning on the overhead lights and the lamps in the room when you are working on a specific task, use focused lighting. For example, when working at a desk, use a desk lamp that lights up your working area but leaves the rest of the room in the dark.
If you love to read at night, purchase a reading light that attaches to your book. These lights are usually small, powerful and battery powered. The reading light will flood the pages of your book for easy reading, letting the background fade into darkness and allowing you to focus in more powerfully on what you are reading.
Revamp Your Outdoor Lighting
Instead of having your whole backyard and front yard illuminated all night long, install motion sensor lights. These lights will detect movement and turn on, flooding your yard with light and scaring off any unwanted intruders. If you want to keep one area of your yard lit up all night long, purchase a timer. The timer will turn your lights on at a certain time and then off at a certain time. This means that you won't ever forget to turn off your outside lights during daylight hours. Set the timer to go on after 10 P.M. and off just before daybreak, and you won't ever waste energy from your outside lights shining while the sun is shining too.
Most of these tips will save you money each month on your electric bill, and none of them are too complicated to implement right now! Start changing the way you use your lighting, change some lighting fixtures, and you might be surprised at the difference it makes on your pocketbook.