What’s the point in switching to LED lightbulbs?

by Tim Deakin Domestic Energy News

What’s the point in switching to LED lightbulbs?

It’s a small change, but it turns out it can make a big difference to your energy bills

It might still technically be summer (whatever that means in the UK), but we all know that autumn and winter are just around the corner. And that means less sunshine and more reliance on our home’s lighting.

Along with heating, lighting is one of the biggest energy suckers in our homes, especially as the weather begins to change. In fact, lighting accounts for an average 15% of our electricity bills.

But don’t despair, because it turns out something as simple as changing your lightbulbs can make a genuine difference to your energy bills. Here’s why you should be making the swap to CFL or LED bulbs.

Why use energy efficient bulbs?

There are two main types of energy efficient lightbulbs that you can use in the UK. These are Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

Both of these kinds of lightbulbs offer a more cost-effective option for most general lighting requirements in the home, but LEDs are slightly more efficient than CFLs. It turns out that replacing a traditional lightbulb in your home with an LED one of the same brightness could will save you around £2 per year.

Now, this probably doesn’t sound like a lot, but these kinds of savings add up. By replacing every single lightbulb in your home with an LED, you can save £2 per lightbulb per year, which over the course of five or even ten years can save you significant spending.

LEDs are also versatile, and will fit most fitting in your home, especially spotlights and dimmable lights.

As well as saving you money, switching to LED lighting can also lessen the environmental impact your home has on the world around you. This is something we should all be taking into consideration, as last year scientists explained we only have 12 years to limit global warming and avoid climate breakdown.

So switching to LEDs can offer benefits for both you and the planet.

What else can you do to improve the way you light your home?

As well as switching your lightbulbs for more efficient alternatives, there are other ways to improve the way you light your home and save yourself energy costs in the process.

Make sure your always turn off the light when leaving a room, even if you’re planning on returning to the room later. Periods of unnecessary lighting add up over the course of a year, and can leave you spending more than you need to.

Be conscious of how many lights you have on in a room, and whether they all need to be in use. You probably don’t need all the lamps and the ceiling light lit at once.

Introduce a sensor to your external lights, as these are the ones we often forget to switch off. This will ensure that they’re only used when they need to be.

Place your switches in convenient locations, such as at either end of the hallway and at the top and bottom of the stairs.

Inefficient lightbulbs are on their way out

Since September 2018, traditional incandescent bulbs and other lower performing halogens have been phased out across the EU. LED bulbs are now far more affordable than they used to be, and far more accessible, so there is no excuse not to make the switch and reap the illuminating rewards.

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