You might not be the biggest fan of a dark room, but your energy bill shouldn't have to suffer for that. Killing that bad habit of keeping lights on in unused rooms can help lower your energy bill and in turn, save you some extra cash. Nobody using the bathroom? Turn off the lights. Finished folding clothes in the laundry room? Turn off the lights. Grabbing a quick snack from the kitchen between commercials? Turn off the lights. Although you may be afraid of the dark, your house is not– so don't hesitate to flip that switch!
But, if you do believe in the Boogeyman, there are a few ways you could help keep him away and save energy while you're at it.
Install a light timer
No need to run into your bed after turning off the lights– buy a timer and set it to turn off once you're in a deep sleep. Manage the lighting inside and outside your home with these little gadgets to help you tread comfortably and save energy.
Invest in "smart" bulbs
You can do pretty much anything with your smartphone nowadays, including turning off the lights. Buy ENERGY STAR certified LED smart bulbs and connect them to your wireless device to manage your home's lighting remotely. You can use your smartphone or tablet to turn off, dim or tune the colour of your lights so you could get more control over mood and energy use. Tap away!
Install outdoor motion sensors
This will calm your fears when it automatically lights up your dark garage, dark sidewalk or a dark area in your yard as you move. Outdoor motion sensors only turn on when needed, helping you save energy and tackle your forgetfulness.
Why should you get over your fear of the Boogeyman? Because household lighting remains at 4% of the energy used in the average Canadian home and by turning off the lights, you can decrease that number even more.
And if you're really having a hard time breaking that bad habit, the least you could do is switch your old bulbs to new ENERGY STAR certified LEDs to use up to 90% less energy. If they're going to be on all the time, you might as well save where you can!