Energy efficiency is the new phrase on everyone’s lips. No longer is energy efficiency a goal restricted to large corporations and businesses but an achievable target for homeowners and renters alike. There are many ways to cut down on your carbon emissions and to save energy at home, one of the easiest ways is through energy saving lighting.
What is Energy Saving Lighting?
Within the average British home, lighting makes up 20% of the energy usage. Energy efficient bulbs are a quick and easy way for you to cut down on the amount of energy you are using without necessarily cutting down on the time that your lights are on. For those who aren’t aware, there are many different types of light bulbs. A typical light bulb such as an incandescent or filament bulb converts 5% electricity used to light a room. This means that 95% of the electricity standard lightbulbs use goes to waste and serves no purpose. Fortunately, there are several innovative, energy efficient bulbs available.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps
Compact Fluorescent Lamps, also known as CFLs use 80% less electricity than regular bulbs. So, just by switching your lightbulb you can save 80% electricity. However, does it cost more? Although energy saving lighting may cost more than standard light bulbs, CFLs last ten times as long. Ultimately you are saving money and energy at the same time. Luckily these energy efficient light bulbs come in all shapes, sizes and colours so they are perfect for using at home. The only downside is it is difficult to get CFL spotlights. Thankfully, there is an energy efficient alternative.
Light Emitting Diodes
LED lighting (light emitting diodes) use 25% less energy than traditional bulbs and last twenty-five times as long. One of the biggest positives of using LED lighting is you reduce the number of times you have to change the bulbs. Result! You can get a variety of different LED fittings but they are best known for spotlights and dimmable lights. Initially, these lights were known to be expensive, but over time costs have reduced and now there are plenty of places you can get value for money LED lights.
The cheapest energy saving lighting available is the Halogen bulb. With lowered energy usage of 30% in comparison to traditional bulbs, Halogen lighting is a great choice for environmentally friendly people on a budget. One thing you should know is their lifespan is much shorter than other energy-saving lighting and the energy efficiency is the lowest.