Turn off lights when not needed

Why? In an average home, lighting accounts for nearly 15% of electricity costs. Turning lights off when you're not in the room is a simple way for you to make a dent in your utility bill.
How it works:
  • You save energy whenever you turn off a light. Light bulbs use only a small amount of extra energy to "start up." So it's almost always energy efficient to turn them off when they're not in use.

Things to think about:
  • Make it a habit to turn lights off each time you leave a room.
  • Before you go to sleep, walk through your home and shut off any forgotten lights.
  • To help get into the habit, try leaving eye-catching reminders near your lights and doorways.
  • Encourage other family members to turn off their lights as well. This is a great way for young children to do their part to save energy.

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