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How to Keep Your Utility Bill Low While in Quarantine

With the majority of states putting a “stay-at-home” order in place, many of us are probably worried about the potential impact this will have on our monthly bills. Doing your part around your home, like remembering to turn off the lights when you leave a room is difficult enough, let alone when your family and/or roommates are home 24/7. Thankfully, there are some ways to save on your electric bills during the quarantine.

Change to Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) are not only more efficient than traditional bulbs, but they also last longer. Since energy-efficient light bulbs use almost 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs, they can save you about $45 each year. Regular light bulbs have an average lifespan of 750 to 1,000 hours, while CFLs average 10,000 to 15,000 hours of use. Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs is one of the fastest and most cost-effective changes you can make to lower your utility bill costs.

Install Smarter Switches

Motion sensors only turn lights on when someone is present in the room, meaning you will only be paying for light when you are actually using it. You could also invest in timer fan switches, which would allow you to preset the amount of time you want your fans to run and they will automatically turn off after they’re done.