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Are you looking for ways to brighten your home without breaking the bank or harming the environment? Well, you’re in luck! Today on the blog, we’re sharing ten ways that you can light your home AND save money. We all know that electricity bills can be pretty high, so anything we can do to lower them is a win in our book!
#1 Switch to LED Light Bulbs
First, remove old, inefficient light bulbs and switch to LED bulbs. LED bulbs use about 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 times longer. They are a bit more expensive upfront, but they will definitely save you money in the long run!
#2 Take Advantage of Natural Light
During the daytime, open up your curtains and let the sunshine in! Not only is it good for your mental health, but it will also help you save on your electricity bill. During summer, you don’t even have to turn on the lights during the day!
#3 Use Task Lighting
If you have a task that requires more light than usual, like cooking or working on a project, use task lighting instead of turning on all the lights in the room. This will help you save energy and money.
Task lighting is also great if you have someone in your family who is sensitive to light. Just turn on the task light instead of the overhead light, and they will be much more comfortable.
#4 Use a Dimmer Switch
Dimmer switches are a great way to save energy. They allow you to adjust the amount of light in a room, which means you can use less energy overall. Just make sure to get an LED-compatible dimmer switch.
Some dimmer switches will allow you to control using your smartphone, so you can turn off the lights even if you’re not home!
#5 Use a Light Timer
If you have trouble remembering to turn off the lights or want to make sure your home is lit up at night for security purposes, get a light timer. You can set it to turn on and off at specific times or use a motion sensor so that the lights only come on when someone is in the room.
#6 Unplug Electronics When You’re Not Using Them
Did you know that electronics use energy even when they’re turned off? It’s true! So, to save money, unplug your electronics when you’re not using them. This includes things like your TV, computer, printer, and more.
If you don’t want to unplug your electronics every time you’re not using them, you can invest in a power strip with a switch. That way, you can quickly turn off all of your electronics with one flip of a switch.
#7 Install Solar Lights
If you want to take your energy savings one step further, install solar lights around your home. They are powered by the sun, so you don’t have to worry about using any electricity! Solar lights are great for lighting up walkways, gardens, and more.
They are a bit more expensive than traditional light bulbs, but they will last a lot longer, and you’ll never have to worry about replacing them.
#8 Use Candles
Candles are a great way to create ambiance in your home without electricity. They also make your home smell amazing! If you want to save even more money, use LED candles. They look just like real candles but don’t use electricity.
Of course, you don’t have to use candles all the time. Just save them for special occasions or when you want to relax in a bath by candlelight.
#9 Get a Lighting Makeover
Something as simple as rearranging your furniture or adding mirrors can brighten up a room and save you from using as many artificial lights. If you want to get a little more creative, you can paint your walls or ceiling a light color. This will reflect more light and make the room feel brighter.
You can also install skylights to let in natural light from above. Just make sure to get energy-efficient ones, so you don’t lose heat in the winter.
#10 Only Use Lights When You Need Them
This one is easy and effortless; however, sometimes, we tend to forget. An easy way to conserve energy is only using lights when needed. For example, open up your curtains/blinds during the daytime and let the sunshine in! Not only is it good for your mental health, but it will also help you save on your electricity bill. During summer, you don’t even have to turn your lights on until it gets dark outside.
Another thing to remember is to turn off the lights when you leave a room and go to bed. It’s easy to forget, but if everyone in your household makes a conscious effort to do this, it can really add up!
Saving money is always a priority, especially now during these uncertain times. We hope these tips will help you save monthly money on your electricity bill! Do you have other suggestions for how people can light their homes while saving money? Let us know in the comments below 🙂 Thanks for reading!