In a recent survey we revealed that the UK could save as much as £1.4 billion on electricity bills a year through households replacing all the remaining traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs in their homes with energy-saving light bulbs (CFLs and LED spots). This could save about £50 on energy bills per household per year.
Our survey also found that the UK trails behind other European nations for LED light bulb purchases, with a third of households (33 per cent) now buying LEDs. Spain knocked the UK off the top five, with the country now sitting in the middle of the European league table for LED purchases. So why aren’t some UK householders taking advantage of these savings?
One explanation for this is that British consumers are unaware of the best types of energy-saving bulbs to buy, often confused by some of the information available. For a start, the wattage equivalents can be difficult to determine. This is where clear energy labelling comes in.
The Energy Saving Trust is currently working with European partners to address key ways to educate the public through the Premium Light website.
Tom Lock, Certification Manager at the Energy Saving Trust, says:
The most important thing is that consumers are given clear and accurate information about the quality of energy saving light bulbs and that the cost and energy saving benefits are fully realised. "The Premium Light project not only marks a major step in helping people understand which versions of light bulbs are right for each application in the home, it also represents the successful work Energy Saving Trust is doing with industry to ensure consumers are informed about the quality and different types of energy saving light bulbs on the market."
The Energy Saving Trust has led research into energy efficient lighting options for many years. For example, our LED field trials , offers valuable data following tests on LED lamps for communal area lighting in real world conditions with a range of local authorities across the country.
Smartphone users can now also take advantage of the Premium Light smartphone app, which is due to launch next month. The app includes methods to compare between watts and lumens, the new metric for communicating the performance of lamps.