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When To Turn Off The Lights

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You probably grew up with your parents telling you to turn off the lights when you leave a room, but did you ever wonder why? Turning off the lights when you aren’t using them reduces electricity usage, lowering the energy bills of your home or business. Not only that, but it also helps to extend the life of your home’s light bulbs, even the best LED bulbs that are already incredibly efficient. You also won’t have to buy LED lights or incandescent light bulbs as often, which we’ll admit can be a pain in the neck and in your wallet. That being said, here are a few instances where turning off the lights can reduce your energy bills and eliminate the need for changing light bulbs every few weeks. 

When You Leave A Room

We’re all guilty of leaving the lights on when we leave the room, whether that be the kitchen, living room, or your bedroom. Unless you’re throwing a party, odds are not all the lights in your home need to be left on, so try to remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room. If you have incandescent lighting, you’ll be surprised at how low your energy bills will be and how much cooler your home will feel, given that halogen bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat.

When You’re Out Of Town

Lots of people prefer to leave their lights on when they go out of town, usually for security reasons. Statistically, burglars are less likely to target homes that are lit up, whether that be a porch light, landscape flood lights, or interior light fixtures like lamps or ceiling can lights. While this is true, it might not be worth the higher energy costs to leave your lights on when you aren’t home. Incandescent lights use a lot more energy than LED filament light bulbs, so they’ll be draining your home of energy the entire time you’re gone. That’s why we recommend sticking to LED landscape flood lights that are energy-efficient or using a timer system for your interior light fixtures so they only go on for a few hours at a time.

When You’re Asleep

It’s a proven fact that people sleep better in darkness, so why do so many people leave their lights on at night? Perhaps they’ll need to get up and use the restroom in the middle of the night, or maybe they’re scared of the dark and don’t like sleeping in a pitch-black room. Whatever the case, leaving your lights on overnight is a huge drain on your home’s energy, especially if you have incandescent lighting. Rather than leaving the lights on when you turn in for the night, invest in a nightlight or a cordless light you can take with you if you need to get up in the middle of the night.

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