If only it was that easy. I would need a master switch to my house to make sure everything was off.blueroomelectronics said:Easy. Turn stuff off.
Sorry, you're talking complete rubbish!.Lighting is typically less than 4% of a home electric bill. CFL are largely a scam given their high-cost, really poor light output and short life.
Those are all high power activites, but you only run a shower for a few minutes, lights are on for hours and hours - dropping 75% off your lighting bill makes a very significant saving.Showers, washing clothes, heating, cooking are the main reasons for a high energy bill.
I suggest you sort out your duff mains then - no problems in the UK with CCFL's - I've only ever bought two (one of which as I mentioned has failed, but after MANY years). All my others have been free, I had some more free ones arrive in the post the other week.That deserves a rant.
We can't get CFL to last more than a few months, most less than that. Officially 240v here but I use lights a LOT (sometimes I'm close to nocturnal) and late at night the voltage here can measure 250v or slightly over.