Lighting & Appliances

Lighting

As lighting accounts for around 8% of a typical household’s energy bills: cutting your lighting bill is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money in the home.

Energy-saving light bulbs use up to 80% less electricity than the old bulbs but produce the same amount of light. And they last around 10 times longer. If you replace a traditional light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb of the same brightness you will typically save around £3 per year, or £55 over the life of the bulb.

Next generation LED bulbs save even more and last even longer, and are the ideal replacement  for halogen downlighters. They are more expensive than CFLs but save even more money in the long term.

But remember, the easiest way of all to save money is to remember to turn your lights off whenever you leave a room!

Appliances

Whenever buying a new appliance always read the energy rating label. Energy ratings labels are generally given to products based on size categories. The idea is to enable you to compare between two similarly sized products.

This means two differently sized appliances with the same energy rating may use quite different amounts of electricity. For instance an A rated 180-litre fridge freezer could cost only £36 a year to run whereas a larger 525-litre fridge freezer with a better A+ rating would cost £49 a year to run. That’s £13 a year more.

In trying to save energy it is therefore best to look for the product with the best energy rating for the size of product you require.

(Courtesy of Energy Saving Trust)