Just a quick tip. One that’s so common sense that I really shouldn’t need to even mention it, but I feel that I must.
If you’re switching from incandescent bulbs to CFLs (compact flourescent lights), you still need to turn the lights off when you leave a room to really save money. Some people think that because marketers have touted the energy-saving nature of CFLs compared to incandescents, that they don’t need to turn off the light when they leave a room for longer than a few minutes.
Granted, it is easier on the CFL bulbs if you don’t flick them on and off repeatedly, so if you’re just stepping out of a room for a few seconds or a couple minutes, go ahead and keep the light on. But leaving the bulb on when you otherwise would have turned the light off (with an incandescent bulb) is just silly, and you’re wasting all that money you would have saved with the switch to CFL.
So, please use your common sense. Thanks.
(oh, and don’t just toss that old CFL into the trash. CFL bulbs contains mercury and are considered toxic waste, just like any other hazardous material. Dispose of them properly. Some localities have special trash collections for CFLs, and some home improvement stores accept them. Check with your local government for your options)