With power costs constantly rising, it’s never been more important to find ways to save energy around your home. An average household spends about 10% of its power bill on lighting.
Switching to energy efficient lights is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce it. Here are some basic ways to light your home and save energy at the same time.
1. Low Energy Globes
There are a number of different types of low energy light globes available to suit a range of requirements.
LEDs cost more to buy but they’ll save you money in the long run. The initial expense is outweighed by the fact they use only 10-20% of the electricity consumed by a standard globe. Plus, you don’t have to replace them too often because they last from four to 30 years while a standard globe will give out within a year. They are available for pendant lights, desk lamps and outdoor garden lights.
Low voltage halogen downlights are commonly used in New Zealand. They produce bright, powerful light and while they’re generally more expensive than traditional light bulbs, they’re about 25% more efficient, lasting up to three times longer than a standard globe.
They come in a wide range of shapes and colours and can be used with a dimmer.
Eco halogen bulbs come in the traditional bulb shape and also in downlights. They offer a natural dimmable light, lasting twice as long as regular halogen globes.
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
CFLs are fluorescent tubes bent into a shape to fit a standard light fitting. They have the same brightness and colours of standard globes but use about a quarter of the electricity and last up to 30 times longer.
While they may cost more, a CFL will pay for itself in energy savings in less than nine months.
2. Solar Lighting
Solar lights are the ultimate in green lighting. They’re entirely self-sufficient and only need energy from the sun, which is then converted into electrical energy. They only have very small batteries and solar panels for minimal light output. They’re a great option in gardens, especially for lighting pathways.
3. Natural Light
Natural light is a no brainer and can reduce your energy bills by up to 75%. Open your blinds and curtains during the day to let in the sunshine.
You can also install external glass doors and even skylights to brighten dark hallways and living areas.
4. More Energy Saving Lighting Tips
- Use the lowest wattage bulb needed to light a room
- Turn off all lights in empty rooms
- Remember to turn off outside lights when you’re not using them
- Regularly clean your low energy light bulbs, lampshades and light bulb covers
- Install timers and sensors for indoor and outdoor lights