Can turning off the lights actually save you money? We do the math

This story is part Tips for the houseCNET’s collection of handy tips for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.

There are a number of things that need to be budgeted for each monthof races at gas for your car. But there is one expense that is a permanent and major part of your monthly budget, whether you are a owner or one lessor. It’s your electricity bill.

The cost of energy bills is on the rise and is likely to take up an even bigger chunk of your budget. However, there are several ways to reduce your energy bill with just a few simple lifestyle changes. One such change that can help you save money on electricity — while having the added benefit of helping the environment — is to simply turn off your lights when you are not using them.

Keep reading to find out why it’s important to turn off your lights and how much money you can save by turning off your lights.

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Yes you should turn off your lights

You’ve probably been told many times about the importance of conserving energy, but you might wonder why it’s important.

First of all, reducing your energy consumption by turning off your lights is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Electricity generation is one of the main sources of carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. By turning off your lights when not in use, you can do your part to reduce carbon emissions and help the environment.

And reducing your home’s energy consumption doesn’t just help the environment, it also helps your wallet. Turning off lights when you don’t need them can help lower your electricity bills. You will also prolong the life of your bulbswhich will also save you money.

Here’s how much money you can save by turning off the lights

The amount you can save on your electricity bill by turning off your lights depends on the type of bulb you use. You can calculate your potential savings using the wattage of the bulb.

Let’s say you have a ampule it’s 40 watts, which means that in one hour the bulb will use 0.04 kWh. Then you can use your electricity price – which you can find on your most recent utility bill – to determine how much you’ll save for that hour. In the case of the 40-watt bulb, if you pay an electricity rate of 10 cents per kWh, your savings by turning that bulb off for one hour would be 0.4 cents.

Now, it’s easy to see that number and think it’s just not worth turning off your lights more often. After all, what difference does 0.4 cents make?

First, remember that the estimate is for a 40 watt bulb. If you have more powerful bulbs, the savings will be greater. Then this estimate uses an energy price of 10 cents per kWh, but in many areas the price of electricity can be higher than that.

Finally, our estimate looked at the savings from turning off a light bulb for an hour. You probably have many light bulbs in your house and there are well over an hour per month. So when you calculate the savings of turning off all your light bulbs for several more hours per month, your savings will increase dramatically.

This small change means big savings in the long run

Turning off your lights when you’re not using them is one of the most basic steps you can take to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your electric bill. Remember that even a small change can save you a lot of energy and reduce your carbon footprint.

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