Paying too much to your energy provider? Read on to find out how to cut your electricity bill from one simple change.
How to Save on your Electricity Bill
Do you remember the old energy saving light bulbs (also known as Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs)?
These are the bulbs that you flick the switch and then wonder if it’s actually on. Then after 15 minutes, you can finally see. And did you know that because of the mercury inside these light bulbs, special arrangements should be made for their disposal? In short, they’re not great. There is a good chance that there are still some sat around your home.
What’s the alternative?
The reason LED bulbs are so efficient is that they lose very little heat. Traditional (or incandescent) light bulbs converted less than 5% of their energy to light. The rest was lost in heat. Because they lose so little in heat, it means you can touch LED bulbs after they have been on without losing your skin and swearing. And this is especially ideal if you have a bedroom with a tall bed and a young son who seems more attracted to bulbs than a month! You know who you are…
What do I look for in LED bulbs?
Lumens. This is a measurement of light output. A standard 40w bulb will produce 440-460 lumens and a 60w bulb 800-850. LED bulbs that produce the equivalent amount of lumens will have an output of around 6-10w.
When this article was written (2014) LED bulbs would set you back £8.99 each. Now you can buy a pack of three for the same price from Amazon.
What about downlights?
I’m glad you asked. Downlights have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. And just like standard bulbs, you can also change the halogen bulbs in downlights for more energy-efficient equivalents.
When I moved into my house, the front room had 20 halogen bulbs, all running from one circuit. I was afraid to turn my lights on without sunglasses when I first moved here. In total, it used 700w! But now that have all been changed to LED it uses just 50w – the equivalent to less than two of the original bulbs.
This is a guide to what needs to be done. If you have bulbs with “pegs” It’s a very simple job. If they have “pins”, it will take a little more effort, but It’s not particularly complicated. Typically when I converted my house, my bulbs had pins and I had to swap around 30 throughout my house which took me several hours!
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