When you were growing up did your parents tell you to turn off the lights when you left a room? Do you tell your own kids to do this? I do, my husband doesn't.
I grew up hearing "turn off the lights" constantly. My Dad was the king of penny pinching and we knew from a young age that electricity cost money, so we were to use it sparingly and never, ever leave a light, TV or radio on if we left the room - even if we were coming back almost immediately. Goodness knows, half the time we didn't return to that room anyway. [true!] After a while it just sank in. Turn off the lights. Hey, my parents were "green" before it was cool. [This was the 60's and 70's].
Let's talk about my family. It appears as tho' my beloved in laws neglected this one important fact [that electricity costs money] because my husband has absolutely no concept of turning off lights and TVs. It drives me crazy. Take today for example. He left for work early, when it was light outside, and I slept in. When I came down the stairs at 1 pm there were three - THREE! - lights on and one of them is the lamp in our kitchen that has 5 bulbs. When I went to bed last evening the light on the nightstand was on - who can sleep with the light on? Evidently Pooldad and Wallene and Squirrel. Nightlights, fine. Table lamps, not so much.
We do have one small lamp in the living room that we leave on from bedtime until dawn, in case anyone gets up in the middle of the night. It also has one of those new energy saver bulb in it [as do all our lights] but he never ever turns it off when he beats me out of bed. EVER.
He swears he turns it off all the time. I know he doesn't, but I decided to stop turning it off myself and see how many days it stayed on before he finally turned it off.
It took five days before I came into the living room and saw it was off. HA! Finally, he turned off a light.
Imagine my chagrin when I went to turn the light on that evening and discovered the bulb had burned out and he had not, in fact, turned it off. :headdesk: I was all ready to give kudos when I realized my experiment had failed.
We don't have an all electric house, our cooking and heat are gas, but I get so sad when I see the electric bill and know we could've saved $50-60 a month.
I am back to the experiment with the living room light and so far? It has been on since he changed the bulb a week ago. BAH!
We used to use a timer on the living room light and although it worked for a while with that ONE light, everytime the electricity went out it wouldn't reset itself. We have power flickage often during inclement weather, so this happened a lot.
In the scheme of things it isn't a deal breaker. It's just a habit I can't seem to break them of in our otherwise frugal household.
Ah well, just another Monday. I hope you guys are having a great one and are enjoying lovely weather like us! See ya' on the flipside.