afraid of the dark

Discussion in Gas & Electricity started by liquidfuzzy • Sep 16, 2012.

  1. liquidfuzzy

    liquidfuzzyMember

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    Anyone have kids or roommates who are afraid of the dark, so they leave a light or t.v. on at all times? Has it effected your energy bill? What are some good alternatives that will make them feel safer while saving money?
     
  2. nash22

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    Maybe they could be given a flashlight for when they feel scared. Maybe leave the door open or even play a little music like on a clock radio or give them a mp3 player.
     
  3. dissn_it

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    When my kids were little we always had those little plug in night lights for them. Now they make some that are LED that would probably use a lot less energy. An alarm clock with a bright display that runs on batteries would be another option to consider as well. I would avoid leaving a TV on all night as that is probably using up a lot more energy than anything else would.
     
  4. Jessi

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    How about battery-operated candles instead?

    I have some that look like this:

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    They last a really long time, there's no fire hazard linked to them, and you don't suck up all the electricity energy.
     
  5. soulglazed

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    Battery operated candles are a great idea, I had never thought of that before. They weren't popular back when I was afraid of the dark and my mom never trusted me with candles so I ended up suffering! I'd think that a battery operated candle would be a good option price wise though. You could always get a bunch of those neon lights that you plug in, I have them in multiple rooms and I love them. I figure they're really cheap, as well. Can help you too rest too since they're nice and dim.
     
  6. Parker

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    My roommate isn't afraid of the dark, but uses a nightlight so she can see when going to the bathroom. It really hasn't affected out electricity bill much.
     
  7. Livvi

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    Battery-operated candles are genius!! My kids are not afraid of the dark but I am afraid of having candles lit when they are around in case of accidents! These are a brilliant comprimise.
     
  8. ACSAPA

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    Walmart has LED night lights that last 100,000 hours without needing a new light bulb and cost pennies to operate. They have a sensor that turns them off automatically when the sun comes up. And they are cool to the touch. Plus they come in a lot of fashion colors. I have the purple one and my daughter has the pink one.

    I keep my LED night light plugged in in the small hallway so I can find my way to the bathroom at night without turning on lights. Some people have a few of these to light their path through their house at night so they don't have to turn on extra lights to get around the house at night.

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  9. rollybooz

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    Well I used to be one of those who couldn't sleep without lights on when I was still a kid but now, I can never sleep without complete darkness! Leaving the telly on throughout the night would definitely put a toll on your electrical bills not to mention that the sound and bright lights would also prevent anyone from having a restful night of sleep. Back when I was a kid, I pestered my parents to get me one of those plug-in night lights that I could have on throughout the night and they usually run on energy-saving light bulbs. I guess you could get the LED ones nowadays quite cheaply from most places selling electrical products. That should solve your problem! The one recommended by ACSAPA seems good!
     
  10. gina121

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    Longlife, low energy options are the best bet. I agree with ACSAPA's idea. Those LED bulbs work like a charm, consume very little power and last like forever. Leaving them on all night will not adversely affect your energy bill.