How to Lower Your Light Bill Legally

by Tara Kimball, Demand Media
    Optimizing your home lighting will help you manage your electric bill.

    Optimizing your home lighting will help you manage your electric bill.

    Certain housing costs are fixed, meaning that they do not change each month. Other costs, such as your electric bill, vary based on your usage. By helping your home use energy more efficiently, you can reduce your lighting and electricity costs and save yourself some green on the household budget each month.

    Step 1

    Replace all of the light bulbs in your home with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. Turn off any lights you do not need and when you leave the room. Open the window curtains as often as possible to use natural light.

    Step 2

    Paint the walls with light colors. Light paint helps keep the overall tone of the room lighter and reflects natural light easier. This can reduce your overall lighting needs.

    Step 3

    Schedule a preventative maintenance and cleaning visit for your air conditioning and heating system. Keeping it clean eliminates dust and other problems that can lead to inefficient heating and cooling, which hikes your bills. Change the filters every month to help keep air flowing.

    Step 4

    Unplug lamps, appliances and electronics when you are not using them. Leaving things plugged in, even when they are turned off, can create a mild draw on the current, consuming energy.

    Step 5

    Check the overall condition of your windows. If you see gaps or feel drafts, consider replacing the windows for a better seal so you don't heat or cool the neighborhood as well as your house. If you choose insulated windows, it can help keep the interior temperature more consistent.

    Step 6

    Request an efficiency review. Many electricity providers will inspect your home and make suggestions about changes, big and small, that will help you create a more energy-efficient home. In certain cases, you may receive a discount on your current bill for requesting a home efficiency inspection.

    About the Author

    Tara Kimball is a former accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance and small business accounting. She has also worked in desktop support and network management. Her articles have appeared in various online publications.

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