In Newfoundland and Labrador lighting accounts for about 6% of a home’s electricity usage. That means that lighting costs you about $100 a year. The easiest way to save is to turn off lights when they are not being used. Here are some other ways you can save with lighting:

LEDs? Yes Please!

The average home has over 25 bulbs. If you switch your whole home from incandescent to LED bulbs you could save about $60 a year. A LED or light emitting diode light bulb uses at least 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and lasts at least 15 times longer. LEDs are available in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes to fit all your lighting needs. They are a great option for hard to reach areas like cathedral ceilings.

Learn how to pick the perfect LED light bulb

Take Control

Use motion sensors to turn on your lights only when needed. Indoor motion sensors are great in areas where you usually have your hands full, like the laundry room or garage. Outdoor motion sensors placed around the exterior of your home add convenience and increased security. You can save about $6 for every light you pair with a motion sensor.

Use lighting timers to turn lights on and off as needed. Timers add convenience and can increase security. Set timers to turn lamps on and off when you are on vacation, instead of leaving them on the whole time. They are also a great idea for patio and holiday lights.

Dimmer switches help set the mood and save energy. Make sure to select energy efficient dimmable light bulbs and choose a dimmer switch that is compatible with the type of bulb you are using.

Save with the Sun

Keep curtains and blinds open on nice days so the sun can light and warm your home.