According to the The Energy Saving Trust, lighting accounts for 15% of the average household’s electricity bill. Over the winter period, it can feel like your lights are on from dawn until dusk. Not only will this lump you with a soaring energy bill, it also increases the likelihood of your light bulbs blowing. You can avoid this expensive problem by converting to LED light bulbs.
What are my options?
Two types of energy efficient light bulbs are available in the UK: Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CLFs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). While halogens have a lifespan of only two years, LED light bulbs can last for up to 25. Therefore, converting to LEDs will save you valuable time that would otherwise be spent changing light bulbs.
Why should I choose LED light bulbs?
The growing popularity of energy efficient lighting has made LED light bulbs cheaper. For instance, LED spotlights only cost around £5 now. That said, it’s always worth calculating your long-term savings before making an investment. For example, a 5 Watt LED can replace a 50 Watt halogen spotlight. The latter will cost you around 70p a year to run, compared to £7 for a 50W halogen. You could ultimately save around £35 a year by replacing all the bulbs in your home with LED alternatives. The minimal hassle that comes with LED light bulbs makes this is a worthwhile saving.
How can I help the environment?
However, there’s always more you can do help the environment (and save money, while you’re at it.) It’s easy to forget to turn out the lights when you leave a room, so it might be worth installing control mechanisms that do the remembering for you. If, say, you accidentally left a reading lamp on before leaving the house, you could use your smartphone to switch this off remotely. This isn’t limited to lighting, either; you can also use home automation to turn your heating on and off.
Here at PBT Installations, we recognise the importance of ensuring that your property has the necessary infrastructure to support home automation. It’s always worth consulting with a professional before you adopt smart technology.