Put That Light Out

@p1kef1sh (45647)
July 17, 2008 1:29pm CST
I have an obsession with switching off lights and electrical appliances that are not being used. There are times when our house is lit up like a Christmas Tree, yet nobody is in any of the rooms. Televisions play to no audience, radios the same. The dishwasher and washing machine stand there telling me that nothing is happening, yet they too are alight. I go charging around switching it all off, only or the family to follow me around switching it on again. Are you a light and appliance putter outer? Or do you like it light and bright?
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
17 Jul 08
My family of 3 does a pretty good job of turning out the lights these days. They do leave one on once in a while but for the most part they are good at the switch off. When we were little we would charge them a dime every time we found that they had left a light on.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
Now that's an idea Dee. But they'd never pay. Darn it!
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
17 Jul 08
These kids did if they didn't pay voluntarily we help it out of their allowance.
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@ruby222 (4848)
17 Jul 08
A putter outerer..a couple of weeks ago we had a freeview box,so we had a new ariel,well everything is plugged in by the television.and I feel as if im runnig the national grid!Its feels almost obscene to be using that amount of appliances..a television,a DVD.a free view box and a video recorder...if you leave it all on stand by thats awful!!and im lucky in the way that Mr Ruby likes to watch the television in the dark!he finds it relaxing.If everything was switched on I would be like a wild woman lol I would be prowling around turning it all off...
@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
I know what you mean with all those plugs etc. We have a Sky box and they insist that it's switched on so that they can do software upgrades (by telephone) twice a year. So the blooming thing sits there glowing. £10 a year they say for that alone!!
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@ellie333 (21029)
17 Jul 08
Well as Ellie means Light I guess I don't need any extra on do I? In fact in the evenings the light from the computer screen and TV are fine for me and if reading I will just have one light on near to me. The girls however are a different matter and last night when I came home from work as Jess was over it was lit up like Blackpool Tower and the stereo, tv for the wii, my computer, one of her mates was on it, her laptop, the landing and bathroom light and both kitchen lights. Grrrr. I do the same as you and switch it all off. Ellie :D
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
LOL. That's a very familiar experience Ellie. I could manage with one light at a time. But I am in the minority I am afraid. But the energy bills are frightening and we all need to start to cut down.
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@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Hi p1kef1sh, AS much as I want it bright, I can't stop thinking about conserving energy..So, I am like you all the time even when I was younger.. In our office, before, I will turn off the light in the hall way and in any of the offices where there are no people..And when I will pass again the area, lights are on again...grrr! LOL! SO, it's like a hide and seek for me and our security guard since every time he will do the roam around, he will turn on the lights again!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
You are describing me exactly Checapricorn. I charge about switching off any light that is on unnecessarily.
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@pumpkinjam (5713)
• United Kingdom
17 Jul 08
I am a turner offer. My oldest son always has his bedroom light on and it is very annoying. I wouldn't mind if it was actually dark but it sometimes is light enough to do whatever he's doing so I will turn off the light even while he is in the room. I often return upstairs to find it on again. I hate things being on unnecessarily and both myself and my older sister have a bit of an obsession with "loose electric". That is basically that if there is a switch in the "on" position with nothing connected, we have to turn it off (to stop all that loose electric flying about of course!). I also often find myself switching on televisions and radios as I realise that no one has actually watched or listened to them for several hours! Of course I like things to be nice and bright but there are people who take this too far with leaving lights on all over the place. Saying that, I have been known to leave a couple of lights on about the house when I have been on my own overnight.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
That's a good discipline to have Pumpkin. I know what you mean about "loose electricity", what does happen to it? I think that you can be forgiven for a light on at night when you are alone. Are you in yet?
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• United Kingdom
17 Jul 08
Yes, I'm in. Will Facebook you in a roly mo. :P
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17 Jul 08
I dont turn appliances off by the plug but will turn them off. I mean if I was to turn the video recorder off by the plug then every time I turn it on, I will have to set the time in case I need to use the timer to record any programmes. I'll turn lights off in unused rooms but if my boyfriend is working late then I will leave the front door light on for him so that he can find his way home!!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
Here at P1kef1sh Towers we leave a candle lit for the return of late nigh occupants too.
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17 Jul 08
I wouldnt like to leave a candle alit incase something caught on fire. Also knowing my boyfriend if I left a candle lit he would forget to blow it out!!!
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
20 Jul 08
I would not call that an obsession. You are just being economical. Some people act like they never heard of an electric bill. Or do aload of clothes with only 2-3 pieces of laundry. Thats just crazy!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
20 Jul 08
Thank you. We are still very wasteful and both we and the environment pay for it.
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@fec139 (804)
• United States
20 Jul 08
utility bills notwithstanding, we all need to conserve energy!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
20 Jul 08
Indeed we do. That's partly why I go around switching things off.
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@Rosekitty (19498)
• San Marcos, Texas
18 Jul 08
First off P1ke..didn't you see those post cards i sent you? You mentioned to Irish you don't know what it looks like in Texas..ok time to send you more and maybe a naughty one too..LOL You should see me following people when they come into my store after they touch something i start cleaning it up and fixing it the way i feel it should be and wonder why they have to throw things around..so i know what you mean about turning things off..lol..but like I mentioned in MYKL's post i live in a dark cave too unless i'm reading.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
Worse than that Rosie. I have those cards right in front of me here! But it is such a large state. But I am told off now. Please be gentle, not that gentle! I'd have it dark if I had the option. But the other p1kes like their light. Although the Boss is pretty good except with her radio. That's how I know she's home sometimes!
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@nannacroc (4049)
17 Jul 08
I have phases, some days I leave all the lights on and some days I go round switching everything off. It keeps Mr Croc on his toes. He offten thinks something has broken when I've had a turning off day because I turn off everything at the plug point.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
You can be so cruel at times. Poor Mr Croc. You know that we men are easily confused.
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• Canada
17 Jul 08
I tend to put out lights where I can...especially in my own apartment where I pay for the electricity, and have to climb he ladder myself, to ange the light bulbs.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
Yikes. Be careful on that ladder.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
18 Jul 08
That sounds like my husband. I don't have all the house lights blaring just one or two and he is always turning them off even if I am going in and out of that room doing things. So I am turning the lights back on. I figured it was cheaper to leave them on if your going to be in and out. If I am ging to be leaving a room for longer then 20-30 minutes then I do turn out the lights. My husband also unplugs things that are not in use. Especially after he heard that leaving appliances pluged up can even though not in use can jerk as much juice as a refrigerator a month. We are now looking into those cost saving bulbs that will save up to 40% on your lighting cost.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
I am your husband! I do all those things. Virtually all our lights are energy saving ones now although we have spotlights in the kitchen and bathroom. But from 2010 it will not be possible to buy non energy saving bulbs in the UK.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Well, we don't even have spot lights or night lights. So if things go bump in the night it is usually our shins being bruised from walking into stuff. So we someitmes use flashlights.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
LOL. Do you sometimes make each other jump when you are out and about at night?
@skinnychick (6937)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I'm a light putter outter too. I don't want to give the electric co any more money that I have to. I would rather spend my money at Lush. Oh yeah I already did that yesterday. LOL
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• United States
18 Jul 08
LUSH is a very guilty pleasure for me my dear. I love bath bombs and they have the market cornered. They also have some great masks, lotions, bath bubblers, soaps (I like a few), and I shell out the big bucks for it on occasion. The worst part is that I can make it all and their products aren't even as natural as they claim but I can't resist. I'm the same way with other handmade soapmakers as well, I like to try their stuff too. I have a soap and bath addiction. :) Where is Nova lately by the way? I haven't heard from her lately. I hope she's ok...
18 Jul 08
Hello p1kef1sh, My husband has a very annoying habit he leaves the bedroom lights on and had a check to swithch the kitchen lights off when I'm useing it, I just come out to get something and there the lights offI keep having a go at him and when I on Mylot and need the light on he wants to switch off I'm loosing my temper with him and yes I like my lights on ice and bright. Tamara
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
Reluctant though I am to admit it Tamara. I am your husband! Not literally of course, but I'm like that. What can I say? We're quite cuddly though and better than a hot water bottle on a cold night.
18 Jul 08
Hi p1kef1sh, You are so right, especialy when my feet really ice cold I can put my feet on his to warm them up hehe! Tamara
@littleowl (7157)
17 Jul 08
Hi pikef1sh I'm the same as you and have now got my son doing the same it just makes me wonder why so much money is wasted on the things we don't use by leaving them on and how much money can be saved just by switching them off,especially the tv and the kettle if on standby you might as well be having them on all the time-your friend littleowl
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
I've just seen a news headline that suggests that we will all be paying about £1,000 pa for gas by next year. That's about a fifth of the average UK income. Very sobering.
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@littleowl (7157)
18 Jul 08
That would not surpeise me-the way it is going up it is going to make life very difficult I would just like to know WHY are they doing this?? At the moment just for hot water I only leave it on for about an hour and try to make it last for a couple of days apart from that it is off-I dread to think of the winter we will be wrapping up in sleeping bags and quilts to keep us warm like last year it is frightening how prices are going up like that-also being on benefits (due to ill health) it doesn't make it any easier -littleowl
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
17 Jul 08
We don't keep very many lights on. Right now my fiance has the computer room light on, and it's kind of annoying. We live in the country and with a beautiful view and a supple amount of light but he just doesn't want to turn the light off and open the blinds. I'll turn the light off and open the blinds and then he'll shut the blinds and turn the light on. I do like there to be a little light at night, but we usually have the computer room on, our bedroom on, maybe our bathroom, the kitchen, and one side lamp on (it has two light switches, one for a upper part, one for a lower part). Have a Wonderfully Lovely Day!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
17 Jul 08
Just stick your arm around the door and switch the light off. See if he even notices! It's 10.10 pm here so dark. We have just two lights on. The one in this room and in the lounge where my wife is watching TV.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Oh I think he'll notice, we sit in the same room to use the computer ( I use our laptop, he uses the desktop computer) and i'd have to open the blinds to. He's like a hawk, he knows when I move! It's evening here, nearly 15 til 6 so, I suppose it is getting a bit darker and we will need the light on soon.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Noooes I hate it when that happens, my brothers and cousin always leave the lights on! It's like if i were to turn off one light their whole lives would end at that moment. It's really annoying sometiems likewhen it's in the middle of the day bright and shining outside and they have all the lights in the house that they can get their hands on lit up. Of course we even have night lights that they like to keep on during the day sometimes.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
I hate to arrive home and find the lights on when we still have another two or three hours before it gets dark. But we're getting there.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 Jul 08
I will turn off a light or an appliance if we will not be in that room for a while. But well with televisions and computers, that you may either wander in to watch it during the day at various intervals and computers that take about ten to fifteen minutes to power up and ten to fifteen minutes to power down, it seems impractical to turn them off each time you leave the room. My younger son was always turning off lights and also not flushing the toilet to save energy and I found that annoying. I will turn off lights when we do not need them, but I do not like to be groping in the dark to find out where things are.
@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
Goodness me no. Don't have lights etc off if you need them on. They are there for a purpose and we should use them. Otherwise there is no point in having them. Does your computer really take 10 minutes to power up and the same to close? Mine take about 20 seconds to start and 10 to shut.
• United States
18 Jul 08
You should replace all of your lightbulbs with "green" florescent bulbs..you'll save money and not have to worry as much.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
Done that but it still doesn't mean that we should leave the lights on when nobody is in the room.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
18 Jul 08
oh i am so like you! i keep telling my daughters that when they start paying our electrical bill, they can leave all the lights on they want! i am starting to like candles these days more and more... :-)
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
18 Jul 08
I like candles too Cher. But I worry that the house will burn down.