Conserving energy......lights out!

@jillhill (37384)
United States
November 15, 2011 2:40pm CST
I try to conserve energy as much as possible. I don't use alot of lights when I am home. I shut off those that are unnecessary. Last night I went to lock my back door and looking out at my neighbors houses, they were all lit up like Christmas trees! One looked like every light in the house was on! Do you turn off unnecessary lights? Do you try to conserve energy every way you can?
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@anil02 (2886)
• India
16 Nov 11
Hello, by conserving energy you are doing a great job, Thanks. Indeed, it is thing which everyone should be understand. energy is rare. So it is duty of everyone to use it with care. If we save energy it is good for nation society and for our pocket as well.
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• United States
16 Nov 11
I think it is a VERY good thing to be conservative. What if we were rationed on the amount of electricity we could use in a day, and what if we used that rationed amount and then had to go without until the next day? I know in some countries people are without power for hours at a time... not a good thing when you have freezers full of food.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
Rationing would be a very interesting concept.
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@anil02 (2886)
• India
17 Nov 11
yes power cut is similar to rationing. we are facing in my country power cut for 2 to 4 hours in a day.
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
16 Nov 11
We also try to conserve energy, plus keep our electricity bill down. I like to turn lights out. My husband has a tendency to leave them on, if he feels he will be going back in that room (which he will forget about and it stays on for a long time), so I run around and shut lights off. They also say that when you are not using and electrical item it should be unplugged to save on electricity. We have tried this and it does work. So things like the toaster, extra tv, radio, etc., are unplugged too when not in use. Have a nice day.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
THat's one thing I need to do. Turn off appliances!
• United States
16 Nov 11
It definitely can help, unplug the microwave, can opener, toaster, toaster oven, even unplug the clock on your stove. Have a nice evening.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
15 Nov 11
Hugely! In fact we put timer switches up on the third floor because we're rarely up there and I don't like to see them on as I back out of the drive way! We use florescent lights in the family room, laundry room and part of the kitchen and use energy savers almost everywhere else. I put our energy and city water and sewer use on spread sheets. Yes, I'm anal!
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
Good for you! Just think if everyone did that.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
16 Nov 11
Less energy needs, corporations screaming!
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
15 Nov 11
I turn off a lot of things but I know a few people think that it takes more power to actually turn /charge things on, I have a friend that is into computers and he says it takes more power to charge up your computer than leave it on and thats not to mention the wear and tear on your hard drive it does turning it on and then when you go into the business area most offices leave lights on all night and they have lots of lights in one room so some people say why should I bother...
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
15 Nov 11
lilaclady I too have heard it takes more power to charge up computers than to just leave them on..esp in a resting mode. I usually tunr it off at noight but not during the day so much.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
THat's good to know!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
18 Nov 11
The lights are off when I'm not in a room except at night. We have a 3 level house and I am more comfortable leaving lights on all night. I use 40 watt bulbs and have them on timers. This way they come on at different times and turn off in the morning at different times all by daylight. It's just so dark around here outside. No lights at all unless the neighbors have them on. Believe it or not, our electricity bill isn't much at all. I do sleep better at night with some light on inside the house. Recently we've been leaving our floodlights on too outside. We are in a safe area but again because of the extreme dark streets, I'd prefer to keep both the inside and outside well lit.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
18 Nov 11
I don't blame you. I live on a corner and have street lights to light up my area...but lately they have told us to leave lights on because of breakins all over town. Even if you are not home you are supposed to keep at least a light or two on....
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
18 Nov 11
Not really. We can make more energy, and I've got the money. Basically I tend to not have all my lights on, simply because I don't like having all my lights on. But if I want a light over in this location on, then I'm turning it on. That's the whole reason I get up and go to work every day, is so I can turn a light on if I want it.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
18 Nov 11
To each their own.....
@cards538 (17)
16 Nov 11
Personally, I try to turn off all the lights and turn off electrical appliances when I'm not using them. I don't go crazy about it, but when I'm done using something, I turn it off to try to conserve energy and save money. However, this isn't something extremely important to me and I'm not the kind of person who would get out of bed at one o'clock in the morning just because I didn't turn a lamp off downstairs. That's just my personal opinion.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
17 Nov 11
at least you don't leave everything on!
@giepuz (45)
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
before i go to sleep, i turn off all the lights to conserve energy somehow.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I hope so! I couldn't sleep if my lights were still on...we all need to help in conserving!
• Indonesia
16 Nov 11
I even got angry. I always turn off anything that is something to do with lamp. I think one way keeping the earth awake from large scale exploitation by turning off lights when you do not use or utilize it.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
For sure~!
• Canada
16 Nov 11
I'm the type of person who turns on a light in the hallway to whatever room I'm journeying to. But on the way out I make sure it's off when I leave. However, I'm kind of contradictory when it comes to the holiday season. Christmas tree lights, and blinking snowmen on my counter are just too adorable to pass up! The one thing that drives me crazy, though. Is that our tv has an automatic shut-off timer of 5 minutes or so. The hubby will turn off his video games, and leave the tv on to turn itself off. I just grr whenever I catch him! haha
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I'll have some christmas lights too!
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
16 Nov 11
Jill, same like you, i always make sure i turned off those unnecessary lights, when i am at home. I try to make sure that i don't waste the energy in my home. Besides that, i am trying to lessen down my electricity bill since it is quite expensive in my area now. But, i think in the month of December, every Christian homes will be paying extra electricity bill with the lit up of the beautiful Christmas tree.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
For sure. I'll be one of those with the lights on outside!
@thedaddym (1737)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I certainly do. I am very good about turning out the lights and unplugging things that I am not using. Unfortunately my kids are not so great about it and they are constantly leaving lights on which I am constantly having to turn off which is frustrating. They have been yelled at about it a lot. My youngest is probably the best about doing it and I hear him telling his teenaged brother and sister to turn them off all the time.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
Good for him!
• United States
16 Nov 11
Hi Jill, Our lights are on a yearly budget, so we don't have low bills.. but a constant affordable bill summer and winter. That being said, we do turn out lights when not in use. I keep the kitchen lights on when I am in the kitchen, I cut them off when I am done. I keep a nightlight in the bathroom for at night. I keep the living room light off unless it is in use. I am more likely to keep my bedroom light on because I am either watching TV, typing, or reading. When I am ready for bed I shut it off.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I only have a night light when I have company. And use smaller watts in rooms I don't need alot of light.
@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
Yes, the best I can do and I am using the energy saver fluorescent lights usually from 5 to 18 watts. Maybe there is no need to remind others to conserve energy since the cost of electric bill is so much to bear as part of our budget, they will really do the saving to help themselves in reducing the cost of their consumption. And in still doing it, we are also helping ourselves in the observation of saving our world as we reduce fuel consumption in the generation of electricity.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I love smaller bills!
• China
16 Nov 11
Yes,energy conservation is very important,i am a graduate environmental engineering student,so,i understand what u think?
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I do also understand!
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
Yes, yes! I will definitely turn off unnecessary lights. Not only can I save from doing so, but I can help reduce the amount of heat that goes to Mother Earth in a simple way. But I really don't get to a point wherein I am too eager on trying to save and turn off lights that I become more like a cheapskate rather than a thoughtful citizen. I do judge the situation and as much as possible, conserve energy and turn off unused or unnecessary lighting. I usually try to brush up my siblings about switching off their lights because they usually forget to turn it off when they are sleeping.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
The bottom line is the bucks!
• United States
16 Nov 11
Most definitely! It wastes too much money to let things run like that. My husband and I have switched all the light bulbs in the house to the energy saving bulbs, which our energy company provides for free, and we keep all lights out unless we're in the room AND the light is necessary. We also keep all electronics unplugged unless we're using them. We've hooked up all of our gaming systems and our TV to one surge protector and keep that unplugged unless we game. The same thing with our computers; we keep both of our laptops plugged into one surge protector and only plug that in when we're using the computer. Not to mention the microwave, coffee maker, and other appliances. You'd be amazed at how much energy electronics and appliances use when they're not even on! We've also drastically changed the temperatures in the house according to seasons the past two years. In the first year of marriage, we kept the temperature on 73 degrees year round. Now, in the cold months, we put the heat on anywhere from 65-68 degrees, and in the summer, we normally keep the house at 75 to 78 and leave the windows open if applicable. I also installed weather strips on all of our doors last year, and turned our water heater on a much lower setting. We bought a water-saving showerhead a few months back, and that saves on both water and heat. Altogether, we've been seeing a monthly energy savings of about $60 per month in the hot months of the year and $100 per month in the winter months compared to our first year in this house. That's a lot of money that I can put into high interest savings that I normally wouldn't have!
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
good for you!
@mandylee (267)
• China
16 Nov 11
I will.it's my habit to conserve energy as much as possible!i would turn off all the lights in my house as long as i left my home,for the sake of saving money,i must do that
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
I like the saving money part too!
@evitz711 (66)
• Philippines
16 Nov 11
My Aunt turn off her Christmas tree at exactly 9PM everyday now and then. She only opens it for 2 hrs. I at home ensures that every night I do turn off lights, faucet, electric fan, aircon, almost all electric appliances to save energy and also save money. Help save the Earth.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
Good for you!
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
16 Nov 11
Hi jill! I hate lights! I am always yelling at my bf to shut them off! He has the lights on in the morning and I have to keep telling him that it isn't necessary and that he is wasting electricity! I am always turning lights off! Never mind just conserving energy, I'm trying to keep the electric bill down!
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Nov 11
Same here...I don't like alot of lights. When my kids visit they complain about it! LOL