Turn off lights when you leave the room

Why? In an average home, lighting accounts for nearly 9% 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" — for a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), only a few seconds of operating power — 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.

Good to know:

  • If you have incandescent bulbs, you can save even more by replacing them with LEDs or CFLs.
  • Turning a CFL on and off many times per day can reduce its operating life. To maximize the lifespan of your bulbs, only turn lights on when you know you'll need them.

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