No Lights Allowed In Daylight Hours

@kathy77 (7488)
Australia
April 20, 2007 4:11pm CST
Hi Friends and Members I thought that you might like to discuss about how my eldest daughter Miriam, this is how she saves money, so this is from her to you. I am saving $75 a quarter on my power bill! I felt as though I was forever turning lights off that my children had left on during the day. Our house tends to be darker than most but even when we didn't need the lights on, the kids were still in the habit of turning them on. Consequently our electricity bill was getting out of control, so I came up with a solution. I now turn the lights off at the switch in the meter box from 9am till 5pm each day. This way, the lights cannot be used during the day and it has helped break the bad habit of turning on the lights when they are not needed. It costs me nothing to set up each day, it's saving our family money and I feel like I'm doing my bit for the environment too!
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
20 Apr 07
That is a good start for saving energy. I was raised that lights were not turned on untill it was to dark to see. Unfortunately the house we live in now has the kitchen and a bathroom in the center of the house with no window acess so it is really dark in those rooms and you have to use lights to see anything. It is also good to change all your lights to the florisent bulbs. They use a quarter of the energy as regular light bulbs and they last a lot longer so the extra cost is well woth it. The bargain bulbs that you can sometimes get work well but have some problems in that they are slow to come to full light or flicker and buzz until they warm up. It is worht the extra to buy the better bulbs. We had the energy company come to our hous and give us an energy audit. Just about any service provider will do this for free. Because we are low income they even did the work for free. The chalked all the windows and put new weather striping in the doors. The checked to see if the insulation was proper and added more where needed. And the best thing is they gave us a new refrigerator that was energystar rated and hauled off our old one.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Oh this is a really really great idea. I know I have the same problem with my teenaged son - turning lights on all through the house in the middle of the day and leaving them on. I'm afraid this one wouldn't work for me though - my switch box is set up so you can only turn off the power to the whole room so like in the livingroom you wouldn't be able to watch tv, listen to the radio, or use the cordless phone. Kitchen would turn off the refridgerator etc. Plus my box is in the basement in a dark nasty little room that I've never gone into - I always have to have someone else go in. I have a basement phobia.
• United States
20 Apr 07
I turn off my circuit breaker when I am gone from the house. I have seen a 35$ difference on many bills. I also wonder how you turn off your box with kids in the house. In order for the lights to be off you have to not be watching tv or even on the computer. Or am I wrong about this. I even was told by someone that I could get in trouble for this. I have been doing this since September of this year. My neighbors have been doing this over 5 years. I can't do this now much because it's to hot to go with out air conditioning.
@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
In Australia there is a switch in the meter box especially for lights. It does not affect any other appliances.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
20 Apr 07
What a great idea,my daughter is always turning on her light when there is no need for it. I nned to figure out which breaker it is.I try hard to conserve as much energy as possible.
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@cher913 (25889)
• Canada
20 Apr 07
First of all, i love your daughter's name and second good for you. i think its an important thing to do for the environment!
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@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
This is a very good one Kathy and although we have never had a problem in my own home, I will be passing it on to friends. Their children always seem to leave the lights on all the time, and I know that everytime we go there, I walk through the house turning off lights. LOL It has always been a big problem with that family, and as they are farmers it will be even more so since they will have no income from the farm next year, unless we get rain very soon. I am quite sure that the father will be making sure that the lights are not left on, and he won't need the added stress of always having to tell them not to leave lights turned on. Yes, this does something to help the environment, as well as your own back pocket. If everyone did something like this, the world would be a better place I am certain Kathy. Sometimes though it does need to prompt people that they have to make their own contribution, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem. It all adds up. I think that here in Australia we are lucky in that many states are handing out free energy efficient light globes but that doesn't completely absolve the general population from making more contributions. An excellent discussion Kathy, and thanks for starting it. I am not a greenie by any means but do believe that we should be looking at ways to make the world better than it is not, if only for the sake of our children and grandchildren. :)
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
22 Apr 07
Thank you Ossie, I appreciate your time to give such valuable information here and I am not a greenie either but it does save us a lot of money when we have so many other bills to pay. I do have these other free energy efficient light globes and they do save us a lot of money but to keep warm in the winter here where I live we save during the other months so that it is more economical for us.
@ossie16d (11827)
• Australia
24 Apr 07
Thank you very much for giving me best response here Kathy and I do appreciate it. :) I did a copy of this to our friends as well as a few other things I had collected. They have now put their children "on notice" that from this weekend, any light left on when nobody is needing it will reduce their pocket money. I suspect that for the first week there will not be much change, till they end up with no pocket money. Then, there will be a definate improvement I suspect and at the same time the children will learn a valuable lesson. In the winter it can be cold I know, so making savings during the rst of the year is a good idea. I must admit though that I tend to rug up first and then put the heater on if necessary, at the lowest setting possible. Oh and I will send you by pm details of a site that might be of interest to you with regard to savings etc. That is one thing we all need, getting a few extra tips for saving money. :)
@gharinder (2044)
• India
28 May 07
well kathy, thats really a cool and good idea, howevr, i am generally in a good habit of turning the lights and fans off when i am not in the room, and many thank to my dear papa, who taught me these values, energy saving is really important dear
• United States
28 May 07
That is a fantastic idea! My toddler goes around the house turning on lights all day. My light bill has skyrocketed! This money saving tip is really going to help me out. Here's another tip that helps me save money. Don't turn your stove eye on high (if you use electric and not gas stove). Or, you'll pay more money on your electric bill. And, unplug your water heater every day, until just before bath time. This saves me close to $35.00 monthly. Thanks you so much for the clever tip.
• United States
23 Apr 07
I have tried to teach my kids to keep the lights off when ever possible. It is a hard struggle with kids. We have managed to cut our electricity bill down a few dollars but not enough to make a big difference. We were thinking of getting thoes light bulbs that cost like $5 each but use 3% the energy of a normal light bulb. It all helps. We try to save energy as much as possible so if anyone has other easy ideas let me know.
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• Philippines
21 Apr 07
It's a good idea and your saving a lot, I too was saving on electricity, all lights were off at 9pm, will be turned on only when we woke up at around 4am and off again at 6am. We got plenty of sunshine this season coz its summer. In this period we've got to do everything we can to save on electricity because aircon which we cannot sleep without at night and the electric fans during the day are quite costly on electricity.
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
21 Apr 07
This was a really good idea. I am one of those people that also keep the lights on even if it necessary or not. also computer and tv on most of the day *lol* Maybe i should try this =)
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@ruyash (1)
• India
21 Apr 07
hi friend its really good and its a good idea in order to save power as we too have many power cuts in our citiy.i too had simillar kind of experiancein saving of money but in telephone bills.
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@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
21 Apr 07
I can understand not using lights where they're not needed... but... what about parts of house that don't get enough light from the windows? Like the basement? I mean it makes sense up to a point, but I can't help but think that just because it's bright outside doesn't meanit's going to be bright inside.
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@mummymo (23707)
21 Apr 07
Hey Kathy and Miriam what a fantastic , easy idea this is to save money and electricity - no arguments either as you don't have to keep reminding the kids about switching lights off! Thanks for sharing this one - I will put it in use this weekend!
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@taby00 (827)
• Pakistan
21 Apr 07
that's a good thing to save light
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@glra2222 (492)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
yeh, good on you. Every business needs to do this as well - in fact - now in Australia we are encouraging businesses to turn off all their lights at night after most people are finished. We save electricity by not using heating - instead, we installed insulation in our roof and it actually works pretty good - doesn't feel as cold as before. We're also saving water as well because Australia right now is facing a drought. my mum saves most of the water that is normally wasted down the drain while washing up - she uses that water for watering her plants. hopefully in a few years time our government will be providing better rebates for solar panels.
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@nancygibson (3737)
• France
21 Apr 07
Thats a great idea. We also try to be good and we have energy saving bulbs in most areas except where we really need a bright tasklight, but I still find lights on at silly times. Banning them during daylight makes a lot of sense.
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• United States
21 Apr 07
That is a wonderful idea. Power bills are way to expensive to have the lights on all the time. I will be trying this in my house. That way no lights would be on during the day and you can control it.
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• United States
21 Apr 07
I don't know if I totally agree with not having any lights on during the day as some rooms do need an electric light to see well even during the day. But turning off unnecessary lights, TVs, etc. is a good way to save on the electric bill. Interestingly, kids don't see this until they are on their own and have to pay the electric bill. We never paid any attention to my Father's constant admonitions to turn off lights when we left a room. But now that I am both a father and the person who pays the electric bill, I find myself constantly turning off unused lights and appliances and have to keep reminding my children to do the same.
@weemam (13377)
20 Apr 07
That is a brilliant idea pal , Miriam is a lovely name , our youngest granddaughter is Rebecca that is a name from the bible too , My Hubby and myself are very good at turning lights off but Ross is forever leaving them on , He has applied for his own home , I would imagine one he has had his first electricity bill you will see him turning of his lights too lol , good discussion pal xxx