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How much does it cost to light a typical home?

relinfo01Lighting accounts for 6% of the total energy use in the average home in the United States and costs between $50 and $150 per year in electricity.

That’s not as much money as it takes to operate a heating and cooling system, but it is enough to make some energy efficiency modifications.

Lighting is a visible energy user, so it’s a great place to start teaching kids to be mindful of wasting energy.

Lighting Tips

There are several simple things you can do to keep lighting costs to a minimum.

  • Avoid wasting lighting energy by turning off lights when they aren’t needed.
  • Fluorescent lighting is much more economical than incandescent lighting. It produces about four times more light with the same amount of energy and lamps last 10 to 15 times longer.
  • Compact fluorescents allow you to use fluorescent lighting in places you never could before. Begin replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents wherever practical.
  • Install occupancy sensors so lights go off automatically in unoccupied rooms.

For more information, visit horryelectric.com and spend some time in our Home Energy Library. 



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