How Your Lighting Affects Your Electric Bill

If you’ve been looking at your electric bill and wondering why it’s high, you’re not alone. But if you’ve been looking at it and blaming it’s high cost only on the big contributors like heating and appliances you might be missing something. Your lighting may be adding dollar signs to your electricity bill too. Let’s discuss how your lighting can affect your electric bill and some ways you can save money. 

The lighting in your home can make up as much as 25-30% of your monthly bill. A great way to lower the cost of your electricity bill is to only have the lights turned on when you NEED them. Try not to leave lights on in areas that no one is using. Lightbulbs can suck a lot of electricity when left on for long periods of time. It’s likely that your electricity bill is rising for every extra minute you leave that light on. 

Lighting is also typically misunderstood. You probably find that when you use your lights you’re looking to brighten an entire room. However, it’s actually recommended that you only use lighting to illuminate specific areas such as couches, tables, and workspaces. Using lighting such as floor lamps instead of a ceiling light can help to reduce the amount of electricity used. Be careful when using your ceiling fan as well, only use it when people are in the room, if it’s empty turn the fan off. 

Light bulbs can also make a difference in the amount of money you spend on your electric bill. Switching to an LED or more efficient light bulb will help to lower your costs. However, when looking for a more efficient light bulb don’t just go for the cheapest option you find. Cheaper options are likely to need frequent replacing, which will cause you to spend more money. Investing in quality energy-efficient light bulbs can help you to actually save money.

All in all, it’s important to not forget about your lights. If you want to save some money then be mindful of the lighting in your home. If you have questions on light fixtures, types of light bulbs, or more money saving tips then give us a call. Our team here at Miller’s is dedicated to providing you with all the help you need to keep your home in top shape. Call us (804) 758-4314

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