Turn off lights when you are not using them.
One 100 watt bulb left on all night costs about $25 over 12 months.
Switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
Why? CFLs last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, and use about a
fourth as much electricity. After all, 90% of the energy used by an
incandescent bulb is wasted as heat - only 10% is converted to light.
The EPA estimates that a typical household would save $80 each year by
switching to CFLs throughout the house.
Try compact fluorescent bulbs in hard-to-reach fixtures.
You won't have to replace them for about 5 years!
Replace halogen torchiere lights.
Energy Star labeled compact fluorescent torchieres. They're cheaper to operate and safer to use.
Keep bulbs clean
Dust can cut light output by a much as 25%.
Check sales especially during National Energy Month in October - stores often have sale prices for fluorescent bulbs.
Did You Know? Lighting represents about 20 percent of your household electric bill. Changing to
ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs is one of the simplest ways to trim electricity costs. This 2-page booklet from the US Dept. of Energy will guide you in choosing Energy Star qualified bulbs.