With fewer hours of sunlight in the winter, we keep our lights burning for more hours during the day. But there are still a few ways to cut costs and energy:

  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Open curtains as much as possible to let daylight in
  • Dirty bulbs can reduce light output by up to 25 percent, so keep them clean
  • Switching to CFLs costs more initially, but saves about $30 over the lifetime of the bulb, which lasts up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs
  • LEDs are more expensive than CFLs but last up to 15 years