With energy prices increasing, many are asking what they can do to save energy on their home lighting. You’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of big and small changes you can make that will help to reduce your bills and lighten your carbon footprint. Keep reading for some handy tips and tricks.
Switch to energy-saving light bulbs
One way to save electricity is to switch to energy-efficient bulbs. Traditional incandescent bulbs actually only convert around 10 percent of energy to light – the rest is lost to heat. So, when your bulbs wear out, replace them with LEDs and you could save around £30 on your energy bills.
An added bonus of LEDs is that they have a lifespan of approximately 30 years longer than the 1 year that incandescent bulbs have.
Turn appliances off to standby at the wall
Research shows that the average UK household spends £40 each year on appliances that are left on standby. When devices such as lamps are left on at the wall they still use power, so turning them off at the wall will stop this from happening.
Make the most of your lighting
Cleaning lampshades is often underestimated but it’s a very useful way of making sure they give off maximum light and aren’t being dimmed by things like dirt or dust. For example, vintage-inspired chandeliers are a good option for really making the most of the light that is being produced.
Similarly, switching to dimmer switches ensures that you’re only using as much light as you need, something that’s guaranteed to cut down on your home lighting bill.
A smart meter can also help you to track your energy use and make your home more energy-efficient, so consider having one installed if you’re keen to reduce your lighting bill as much as possible.
Use alternative lighting methods
You’re probably well acquainted with the idea that closing curtains and blinds on the sunny side of your home will cut down on your air conditioning bill. While this is true, leaving them open will produce a whole lot more light than a single bulb is likely to, and it’s well known that natural light brings many mental health benefits.
Similarly, installing motion sensors both inside and outside the home will ensure that lights only come on when they’re needed which will significantly reduce wasted energy.
If possible, switch to or add solar lighting
Whilst it’s not entirely feasible for every home to switch entirely to solar power, you can harness the power of the sun by using solar lights for all your outdoor needs quite easily. Purchase some small solar lanterns or ornaments that will absorb the sun’s energy for you during the day and then run for free in the evening or at night.
So there you have it – just a few ways – big and small – that you can reduce your home lighting bill and save yourself some money. As the cost of living and energy prices are rising, this is more important than ever before, doing everything you can to reduce monthly expenditure.