What Are Some Lighting Tips For My Home That Will Help Reduce My Electric Bill?

What are some lighting tips for my home that will help reduce my electric bill? Keep your light bill down by using motion sensors, dimmer switches, timers, and fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. One of the...

One of the biggest and most important purchases a consumer will make in their life revolves around buying a home. So much goes into becoming a homeowner that most consumers will take their time to make sure that they are getting the home that they've always wanted.

And even after the rigorous months it could take searching for a home, ask any homeowner and they will tell you that the fun doesn't really get started until you move in. That's when the process of making a shell of a home take on a personality for itself as the house begins to be filled with different carpets, curtains, furniture and fixtures. But ask anyone who has been in the business of owning a home for a while and they will tell you that it's not all cake and candies.

One of the biggest issues that surround homeowners these days is being able afford the home they are in. It makes sense that no one would want to spend months searching for the perfect home only to fall short in the required fields it takes to own a home.

One area consumers commonly overlook when purchasing a new home is the cost of being able to fill the house with its necessary electric needs. If potential homeowners don't budget the electric bill into the cost of purchasing a new home, it's very possible that the electric bill could cause major and serious problems.

But, as many experts will tell you, a high electric bill can easily be solved. Anthony Donovan is the president of Lighting Tech and Design. He opened the company five years ago and has had 12 total years in the business of lights and fixtures. Donovan said that one way for consumers to lower their electric bill is to use motion sensor lights on their house.

"Using motion sensors is one way to lower your bill," he said. "It is used for energy efficiency or security. When motion is not detected, the light will be off. When motion is detected, the light comes on."

Motion sensors are a good way for homeowners to monitor the usage of a light outside the house. By only having a light that comes on when someone gets close enough to set it off, it allows for homeowners to avoid the hassle of leaving the light on all night long, and sometimes forgetting to turn it off in the morning as well.

With motion sensors becoming more and more frequent these days, most are using them for security reasons as well as a way to save on their electric bill.

"People use it a lot for outdoor security," Donovan said. "The light stays on for a certain amount of time after motion is detected. It then turns off to save on electricity."
But buying and installing motion sensors in your home isn't the only way to help reduce your electric bill. Who doesn't remember their parents lecturing them all through childhood about turning off the light when they weren't in a room? As much as it bothered us then, and continues to bug kids today, turning off a light in a room when you're not using it can be huge towards helping to reduce your electric bill.

Donovan also has tips on other ways to reduce your electric bill through the lighting system in your home. "You could use dimmer switches," he added. "Another way is to use compact fluorescent bulbs where you have regular incandescent bulbs, timers, or photocells."

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