Top 3 tips to make your home more energy efficient
Author: Sarah Wigmore
Published: April 3, 2017
Energy Efficient Lighting
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years you won’t have failed to notice that as a society, we are finally taking climate change seriously and most of us are doing our bit to save the planet. Whether it’s seeing more charging stations for electric cars pop up, having three different wheelie bins to organise your recycling or the fact that lots of people are using reusable nappies again, there’s no denying that in 2017 we are more conscious of doing what we can to help reduce our carbon footprint. We all know that turning off electrical appliances that aren’t in use helps and it’s wise to switch off lights in empty rooms, but our guide to energy efficient lighting will help you go that extra mile in your quest to live a ‘greener’ lifestyle (and it’ll help you save money, too!).
1. Use more LEDs
LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs are the modern alternative to incandescent bulbs, which have mostly been phased out. LED light bulbs use less energy, last longer and are much easier to dispose of safely. You can now get LED lights for pretty much anywhere inside and outside the home – from beautifully designed LED ceiling lights to coloured outdoor LED lights that are sure to transform any garden. LEDs last up to 50 times longer than traditional incandescent lights and as you’ll be replacing them less over time, you’ll definitely see a cost saving, too.
2. Choose low energy bulbs and fittings
As obvious as it sounds, replacing all the traditional bulbs in your ceiling lights and lamps with low energy versions can make a massive difference to reducing your carbon footprint. You may think they are more expensive than regular light bulbs however the cost really has come down in recent years – you can pick up this energy saving halogen bulb for just £1.49. If you’re thinking about adding a security light outside your home, choose an energy-saving outdoor light that only comes on (when needed) at night time in order to conserve energy.
3. Solar Powered Lighting
Choosing solar powered lighting is the ultimate way to become more energy efficient as outdoor lights are powered by the sun alone. There is a huge range on the market – from fairy lights to lanterns that will transform any garden and create a fantastic atmosphere for a party or gathering. And as you won’t have the stress or worry about the batteries running out or having enough power outlets, you can sit back, relax and enjoy yourself.