Experts agree that energy for lighting accounts for about 10 percent of the average electric bill.

Look at the wattage of all of your light bulbs. Replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for areas where lights are on for hours. CFLs use 75 percent less energy, last up to 10 times longer, produce the same amount of light and do not get as hot as traditional light bulbs. Contact your electric company to see if they offer rebates for the bulk purchase of energy saving lights. For information about recycling CFLs, visit the Recycling Products Containing Mercury page of this website.

Use motion detectors or timers for outdoor lights and in areas where there is little activity.

Use Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) instead of bulbs for holiday lighting. LEDs use 90 percent less energy, are more durable and can last years longer.

Turn off computers and other home electronics. Unplug small appliances - televisions, DVD players, phone chargers, and kitchen appliances when not in use. Since 20 percent of energy is still used even if the appliance is not turned on, consider using a surge protector power strip to turn off appliances at the end of the day. This device is easy to use and has the added benefit of protecting the appliances.

Clean out electric dryer filters often to use less energy for drying clothes. Wash clothes in cold water rather than hot. Hang laundry outside to dry. Run washers, dryers and dishwashers only with a full load and during the early morning or late evening. Many dishwashers have a delay start feature, which allows it to run overnight. And use the air-dry feature on dishwashers.