With energy prices rising steadily you have to be aware of the possible ways you can save money.  Every little bit helps and if you invest a little now you will save yourself some money in the long run.  Check out these energy saving tips from Northwestern Energy.

Light Bulbs

Recently I went through my house and replaced a lot of the bulbs.  Not only will it save me some time it will save me some extra work.  I changed out the bulbs in my ceiling fan with CFLs.  My fan is 15 feet in the air so changing them less will save me from getting a ladder out every few months and changing a burnt out bulb.

<<<<< That's my ceiling fan!  Ridiculously high!

Turn off lights when not in use. If fluorescent lights will be unused for 15-20 minutes, turn them off, too.

Consider installing motion sensors or timers on exterior lighting. Indoor occupancy sensors automatically turn off lights a short time after you leave a room and turn them on when you enter.

Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) where possible. CFLs have improved significantly in recent years. They are smaller and can fit almost everywhere standard incandescent bulbs are used. CFLs use about a third as much energy to create the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, and they last 8 to 10 times longer. Choose a CFL with lumen output close to that of the incandescent bulb you use currently.

Avoid using long-life or extended-life incandescent bulbs. They give off less light than a standard bulb and use more energy.

Replace halogen torchieres with energy efficient CFL torchieres that operate at a much lower temperature, use less energy and are dimmable. Halogen versions can reach temperatures up to 1,000 F, creating fire hazards.

This article was sponsored by Northwestern Energy. For more great energy saving tips from Northwestern Energy, visit their website and start saving!