By now I’m sure you’re learned just how fantastic compact fluorescent bulbs are to have installed in your home. You might have to pay more for the bulb up front, but over the life of the bulb, you’re going to save. The difference in your electric bill is noticeable if you change all of the bulbs at the same time.
Let’s explore some other ways that you can reduce you electric bill even further.
Install Motion Sensors
My kids leave lights on everywhere that they go. I have to follow them around and turn off switches behind them. My requests to have them hit the switch when they walk out of the room fall on deaf ears.
Fortunately, motion sensors are not just for commercial office building any more. They are showing up everywhere, thanks to advances in technology, which translate into lower prices.
For about twenty dollars you can get a motion sensor that replaces the switch on your wall. They have a motion sensor and a manual switch built into the faceplate. After a prolonged period of inactivity the lights will turn off automatically.
Many of them have a dimmer option built into them, which brings us to our next bill cutting idea.
Dimmers And 3 Way Bulbs
Dimmers and 3 way bulbs are a great way to reduce electricity consumption. Whether you’re trying to create a mood with lighting or just don’t need to have your bulbs burning up watts at full blast, you reduce the amount of electricity that the bulbs uses.
If you have a 3 way lamp than 3 way bulbs are a no brainer. Buy 3 way bulbs and use the lowest setting as much as possible.
If you already have a dimmer switch in your home you can buy CFL bulbs that are made to be dimmed. You can use regular CFL bulbs on a dimmer switch but that will shorten their life cycle. Since CFL bulbs are not a cheap investment I would recommend buying one that is made to be used with a dimmer switch.
LED bulbs are rather expensive but worth the investment since their life cycles are so long. The prices of LED bulbs are coming down rapidly as well. They use even less electricity than CFL and produce a better light in my opinion.
LED bulbs are so desirable that in real estate transactions they being used as a bargaining chip. If the bulbs are already installed in the houses permanent lighting fixtures, potential buyers are requesting that they remain after the sale.
For more articles on home improvement, visit the authors website. His name is Lucas and he is always available through his about me page to answer questions. If you’re leary about installing dimmer switches or motion sensors he can help you find a residential remodeling contractor who can do the job for you. Lucas can also help you save money on appliances with articles like this one on the top rated dishwashers.
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