My Frugal Life: Saving on Electricity

I started being conscious of energy use via lighting in the 70's. My Frugal LifeThe first thing I did was train my 2 children to turn off the lights when they weren't using them. I began buying task lighting for them, and unscrewed the huge incandescents in the house. When the energy saving bulbs became available, I bought the best. They last forever, and don't give off a "fluorescent glow", just a nice, workable light.


Now that my kids are grown and out, I just use the task lighting I need at that moment. Otherwise, all lights are out except for a few strategic night lights. I get by with the ambient lighting from the street lights and the warm fuzzy glow from the TV.

When I go to bed, I turn on the bedside light to get my bearings, then turn it off. My energy bill went from $250.00 a month down to an average of $20 to $25 a month. I don't suffer a bit because I know my way around my house. I just try not to step on the cat. Good luck, be brave.

By Sue

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July 27, 20090 found this helpful

You are right: "good luck, be brave"..

Great advice.

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July 28, 20090 found this helpful

My father would always go around turning off lights, & now I do the same thing! I prefer natural daylight as long as it lasts, anyway!

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July 29, 20090 found this helpful

My story isn't a frugal one but a funny one. One time I was fedup with my kids and husband for not turning off the lights. I went around unplugging the lamps or unscrewing the lightbulbs from the ceiling fixtures. When they complained I said, Oh, the light fairy must have turned off the power to those lights. Now every one turns off the ligths. Wish I could do that with other appliances.

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July 29, 20090 found this helpful

Love, "Oh the light fairy must have turned off the power to those lights." A real attention getter, better than nagging.

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