Don’t stay in the dark about which light bulbs could benefit your home
With the recent changes in the energy market, people are concerned about how to save money. One of the easiest ways to reduce your electricity bills is to reduce the amount of energy you use. The other solution is to replace your current light bulbs with an energy-efficient alternative.
This month, BES Electrical look at whether switching to energy-efficient light bulbs could help you to save money on your energy bills this year and which bulbs you should be considering.
How much are your traditional light bulbs costing you?
Should you ditch your traditional light bulbs for energy-efficient models? There are a lot of reasons why you might want to. Energy-efficient light bulbs last longer, use less energy and cost less to run than traditional bulbs. On top of that, traditional light bulbs contain mercury, so they can be dangerous to your health and the environment. Traditional light bulbs are very inefficient. They waste 95% of the electricity they use. They add to the global warming problem by wasting energy and we consider replacing them with more efficient ones.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen a change in the way that we think about energy-efficient lighting – from being a good idea to becoming a necessity. In the early 2000s, “Green” was just a colour – but today, it’s a way of life. Energy-efficient lighting is more than just a trend; it’s a way to save yourself money. Just over a decade ago, the average home used 100 watts of energy for every 100 square feet of space. Today, homeowners use less than 60 watts per 100 square feet – a significant reduction in energy use. This is thanks to the advent of energy-efficient lighting – and it’s just the beginning.
Making the switch to energy-saving bulbs to decrease your costs
Switching to energy-saving bulbs can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. You can also save money by switching to LED bulbs. For every 60 watt bulb in the house, you can save up to £3.00 per year. In the coming years, we’re going to see a massive increase in the number of energy-efficient lighting options for the home. Today, LED bulbs can produce around the same amount of light as a traditional 60-watt bulb, but use much less energy. Technology is moving forward quickly, and in just a few years, we’ll see even greater savings.
Energy-saving bulbs use less power than regular bulbs because they do not heat up as much. Ultra-violet light is used instead of visible light. CFLs use less power than regular bulbs because they don’t need an incandescent filament. Energy is wasted when light bulbs use up electricity to create light. This means less energy is available for your home. Energy-saving bulbs reduce this waste. They vary in efficiency depending on what type of bulb you buy. Some bulbs can be controlled remotely.
4 benefits of switching to energy-efficient light bulbs
Longer lasting than traditional bulbs
As energy-efficient light bulbs use less power than regular bulbs (about 75% less), they can last up to 10 times longer than your traditional incandescent light bulb. Gone are the days where you walk into a room to find the light bulb useless. Energy-efficient light bulbs ensure that your rooms are lit up like never before!
Warmer, softer lighting in your energy-saving bulbs
One of the best benefits of energy-efficient light bulbs is that they can provide a soft, warm light that provides a wonderfully cosy atmosphere for your home. But not only this, they can also provide a pure white lighting ambience which is great for those spaces where you need a bit more light (offices or kitchens).
Don’t wait for your bulbs to get brighter!
When you think of energy-efficient light bulbs, you may remember the slight delay that a compact fluorescent bulb brought to the room. Energy-saving bulbs have moved forward from here so don’t let this deter you! With energy-efficient light bulbs, you will still get the same amount of light in the same time as you do from your traditional incandescent bulbs.
Environmentally friendly lightbulbs
Replacing the light bulbs in your home with LED lighting could reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by a huge 40kg per year. Lighting makes up 15% of the UK household energy consumption so imagine what it could do to positively impact the environment if everyone made a change?
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Let BES Electrical help turn your home into a cost-saving machine
Energy-efficient light bulbs are the future. It’s a fact that most people don’t realize. As the demand for electricity and power continues to increase, so does the cost of your energy bill. Many homeowners are beginning to make the switch to energy-efficient light bulbs to decrease their costs. However, most don’t realize that the switch doesn’t just benefit the environment, but it also saves you money in the long run.
BES Electrical are your local, friendly electricians who are passionate about helping you to save money in your home on the electrics you run. As your expert electricians, not only can we give you the best advice about light bulbs to reduce your energy bills, but we can fit them too. If you’re looking to save money in 2022, give BES Electrical a call today to see how we can help.