Now, more than ever, there is growing concern for the environment, as an increase in CO2 emissions has resulted in unpredictable and extreme changes to our climate. Seemingly small measures, such as using energy saving bulbs within your home, will help you to reduce your carbon footprint as well as saving a considerable amount of money, something worth considering when you take into account the fact that home lighting consumes a whopping 25% of the average domestic energy budget.
Energy saving lighting in the form of Compact Fluorescents (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are rapidly replacing the inefficient filament light bulbs (halogens and tungstens), which will be phased out in the UK over the next few years. Please see www.energysavingtrust.co.uk for more details on planned dates and measures.
Offered in a wide range of sizes and connectors to suit almost any lighting scheme, these new energy efficient bulbs create a warm lighting atmosphere. Please check the packaging for dimmer compatibility and to ensure that it bears the energy saving logo.
To help you get started on reducing your carbon footprint, here are some basic tips:
- Replace all of the lights in your home with low energy Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. These are generally around 80% more efficient than halogen or tungsten bulbs, as well as lasting about 10 times as long. Available at most UK DIY stores and supermarkets, be sure to shop around for the best price as many retailers are offering introductory prices.
- Table lamps create a warm ambience and use considerably less energy than ceiling lights. Experiment in the various rooms of your home to see where you can use these to good effect.
- LED lights are around 92% more efficient than a standard bulb and last around 10 times longer than CFLs. They emit virtually no heat making them the safe choice for childrens lamps and are ideal for use in areas where near-constant lighting is required, such as dark hallways or windowless rooms.
- Home energy meters can be purchased for around £30 from most DIY stores. Installing one of these allows you keep track of how much energy you are using and to ensure that none is being wasted.
- Ensure that all appliances are switched off at the plug when not in use. Remote control sockets and timers can be purchased from DIY stores to make the job easier.
- You could save up to £250 per year by completing a home energy check. Just Click Here. You will also find further tips on decreasing your energy consumption.