Turn Off the Lights - please!

Turn off the lights. It's as easy as a flick of the switch, and it saves energy and money at the same time.

This is perhaps one of the most wasteful habits we have in America. We enter a room, turn on the lights, and then leave the lights on. Why? Because they can only be turned on once a day?

We even turn on lights out of habit. The ambient light might be just fine, but we switch on the light because...it's what we do.

Certainly, lighting in the home gives it a warmer feeling. It makes things more pleasant. And some of us are a bit apprehensive about being in a dimly lit room, or in a room that is adjacent to one that's dark.

I always learned that there's nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light, so I leave the lights off unless I need them on.

The only person that I suspect might be lurking in the shadows of one of my darkened rooms might be the stock holders and employees of the electric company who would like to encourage me to turn my light on - just so the house looks "lived in."

I'm in it now. I know very well it's "lived in," whether the lights are on or off.

If you're focused on frugal living, then there isn't much of a reason to leave lights on, and it certainly isn't a difficult or complex program to understand - turn off the lights when you're not using them.

If you are going to leave a room for a while, turn off the lights. This is especially true is they are incandescent lights since they are generally large energy consumers. Incandescent lights are probably better heaters than they are sources of light.

The Price of Lighting

If you pay 10 cents a kilowatt hour, and you have a couple of bright incandescent lights in a few rooms of the house operating all day long, you're paying the electric company about $12 a month to do that. Lighting those same rooms in the evening, when it's dark just adds to the bill.

Now imagine a family full of folks that leave the lights on. It starts to add up rather quickly, and it's almost unnoticeable - until you get the monthly bill.

Having most of the house dimly lit might not give you the ambiance you are looking for, but unless you have a reason to have the lights on, you are just transferring money out of your pocket to the utility company.

Turn unnecessary lights off and keep that $12 a month in your pocket. This is one of the simple energy saving tips that can make a difference by just flipping a switch.

Fluorescent Lights are Different

For fluorescent lights, it's better to leave them on if you are going to be in and out of the room on a regular basis. If you are going to be out of the room for 15 minutes or more, or you tend to forget and leave them on while you go off doing other things, then turn them off.

Fluorescent lights require a bit more energy to get them going, so you don't want to be turning them off and on during the day like an incandescent light.

With our "training" at the office, sometimes it's difficult to imagine that we should turn off the lights. After all, they're on at work all day long.

Practice a little simple energy conservation - turn off the lights when you're not using them. You can always turn them back on when you need to.

Done with Turn off the Lights, back to Ways to Save Energy

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.