Energy-saving light bulbs take over
Inefficient light bulbs are being phased out over the next few years - helping everyone spend less on electricity.
Inefficient light bulbs are disappearing from UK shops - they're all being replaced by energy-saving light bulbs. Energy-saving light bulbs are compact, bright and available in a wide range of shapes - so the only difference you'll notice is a drop in your electricity bills.
We explain why energy-saving light bulbs are taking over, how much you'll save, and the benefit to the planet...
Fitting just one energy-saving light bulb can save you on average £3 a year - and by swapping all the inefficient bulbs in your home for energy-saving alternatives you could save around £55 per year.
Right now, the majority of the 650 million light bulbs in UK homes are inefficient filament bulbs of one sort or another. By phasing out these inefficient bulbs, we can make a real difference to our national energy consumption.
The Government, retailers and energy companies are all working together to phase out inefficient light bulbs. At the same time, light bulb manufacturers are working to change their factories, so they can produce enough energy saving light bulbs to meet the growing global demand.
The UK scheme began by phasing out bulbs greater than 100W. Lower rated bulbs were then also phased out step by step until they had all been removed from the shelves of major retailers.
The European Commission has also been working to phase out inefficient light bulbs, but to a slower timetable than the UK scheme. Standard filament bulbs from 60W upwards have now been phased out, and lower output bulbs are due to go in September 2012. Halogen spotlights will have to meet new minimum efficiency standards from 2016.
To make sure a bulb is one of the most efficient available, check the packet for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo