How to save £90 a year (and the planet) with one small change
Posted on 1st November 2018 at 11:12
Halogen light bulbs cost the UK an estimated £2.4 billion every year according to the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA). And they’re not good news for the environment either. In recognition of that, an EU-wide ban on producing energy intensive halogen bulbs for sale or import came into force on 1st September.
But halogen lamp ban aside, this is about money saving and reducing your energy bills. They are costing you money that you could be spending on something far more interesting than lightbulbs. Beer. A car. Diamonds. You get the idea.
The average number of bulbs used per household is ten, and if you replace those ten for energy efficient LED versions you will instantly save yourself £90 a year, every year, from here until forever.
How? Because even though the LEDs cost more, they last ten times longer than their halogen equivalents and are five times more energy efficient. Happily for all involved it’s not rocket science.
The clincher though, is that the sooner you make the swap the more money you’ll save, and that means even if your little halogen wonders haven’t run out of juice yet.
Luckily, by-and-large LED lightbulbs are compatible with the same fittings that you use at the moment for your halogen bulbs, but we wouldn’t like to suggest this will always be the case.
And while we’re already here offering advice on the LED lighting front, do also consider that if you buy counterfeit LED bulbs, or those that are faulty, they do carry fire risks, as with any bulb not sold by a reputable retailer.
Furthermore, if you like your home or office a bit dim, (hopefully unlike your family and/or staff) you should also think about the fact that LED bulbs don’t always dim as well, and some don’t dim at all, so choose your bulbs carefully. When thinking about new installations, do also remember that an LED-compatible dimmer switch will need to be installed.
As a final thought in the spirit of being as helpful as possible, (which is what we always like to be), if your fittings are connected to a transformer (like for example with ceiling lights), you should seek advice from an ECA member or a reputable electrical contractor, such as ourselves.
We would be very happy to answer any and all questions that you might have on this or anything related to LED lightbulbs and their related installations. We are members of the ECA and National Inspection Council (NICEIC), meaning our customer’s installations are always of the highest standard. So if you have any questions at all, we know exactly what we’re taking about – please get in touch now; you can call us on 01342 841 829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to hearing from you
Oh and back to the all-important planet saving reference, it’s less kryptonite and super-powers and more lean and green. Or to put it another way, LEDs help the environment by using less energy and generating less waste because they last so much longer. So you can help save the world just through electrical savings, and all without the need for a cape or a trusty sidekick. Although having said that both cape and sidekick remain optional. We’re not here to stand in the way of any heroic aspirations you might be harbouring.
Those aside, the important question we want to leave you with is this: if you’re using halogen light bulbs in your home or business, quite frankly, isn’t it time you saw the light?
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