Lighting accounts for 8 per cent of a typical household’s energy bill. Cutting your lighting bill is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money.
Houses typically use a mixture of standard light fittings and downlighters or spotlight fittings. Energy efficient bulbs are available for both types of fittings.
Changing which bulbs you use and how you use them will instantly save your home energy and money.
There are two main types of energy efficient light bulbs available in the UK. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
CFLs are what you typically think of as an energy efficient light bulb. CFLs are a cost-effective option for most general lighting requirements. Replacing a traditional light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) of the same brightness will save you around £3 per year, or £50 over the lifetime of the bulb.
LEDs are available to fit both types of fittings and are particularly good for replacing spotlights and dimmable lights. Though more expensive to buy initially, they are more efficient than CFLs and will save you more money in the long term. Replacing a halogen spotlight with an equivalent LED will save you around £4 each year, or £140 over the bulb’s lifetime.
Turn lights off
Changing how we use our lights by implementing control mechanisms and being conscious of our behavioural habits can save money and energy. Here are a few easy things to help you start saving:
- Always turn lights out when leaving a room regardless of how short a period it is for
- Be conscious of how many lights you have on and whether they all need to be in use
- Arrange light switches so that its convenient to turn them off i.e. place switches at top and bottom of stairs, each end of a hallway and each door to a room
- Use a sensor and timer on external lights so they are only in use when they need to be
- Use appropriate lightings i.e. a low back ground light while watching television and a right, concentrated light for reading. By having a range of lights in a room with separate switches will make this easier.