Switching to LED light bulbs could save you up to £60 a year
With everyone thinking more about energy at the moment, we’ve put together some helpful tips to help save energy around the home. This tip is about how you could save around £60 a year by changing to more energy-efficient lightbulbs.
Research by Energy Saving Trust shows that the average household could save as much as £60 a year by switching all their lightbulbs to more energy efficient LED or CFL bulbs. Low-energy bulbs are now available in pretty much every fitting, so no matter what kind of bulb you have, it’s more than likely you’ll find a more energy efficient bulb to replace it.
How to switch to more energy efficient bulbs
Switching to more energy efficient bulbs can be relatively straightforward. But if any doubt, please check with a qualified electrician before making any changes.
Choose the right fitting
Take your existing bulb out to check the fitting. It might be a screw or bayonet, large or small. You can even replace halogen downlighters, fridge and cooker hood lights with LED bulbs.
Choose CFL or LED bulbs
There are two main types of energy efficient bulbs to choose from. LEDs (light emitting diodes) are now the most common and the most energy efficient, but CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs are also available and in many cases are cheaper to buy than LEDs, though not as efficient.
Choose the right bulb for your room
You’ll want to find a bulb that gives you the right level of brightness for your room. Older bulbs would be rated according to the power they consumed, eg 40 watts or 60 watts. LEDs use much less power but you’ll find the packaging will show you the traditional equivalent. The bulb packaging may show the measure of the brightness of the bulb in lumens, alongside the ‘warmth’ of the bulb, measured in Kelvins(K). For example, a warm, cosy white might be 2700k, whilst a cooler, daylight style bulb might be 5000K.
Is there help and advice for those worried about the rising costs of energy?
Yes, if you are worried about the rising cost of energy and being able to pay your energy bills, we have information on the support and help which may be available.
Our energy saving tips are courtesy of Nesta and Energy Saving Trust
It’s important that you use the energy you need to keep warm, safe and healthy at home. Please visit our trusted partners pages for more information on how to safely implement these tips within your home - Nesta and Energy Saving Trust
Eligibility may vary. Consumer action required. Maximum savings based on a three-bedroom, semi-detached, combi boiler gas-heated home in Great Britain, paying 6.9p/kWh for gas and 27.4p/kWh for electricity and correct as of October 2023. Figures on smart meter display are for illustrative purposes only.