Rethink your lighting this Earth Day
Author: Kyle Yeomans
Published: April 7, 2017
April 22 marks Earth Day, an annual event that aims to broaden the global environmental movement. The main aim of Earth Day is to build a healthy and sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. One of the key ideas behind Earth Day is to get everyone to make small changes in their life, so with this day just around the corner we’ve highlighted some of the best ways you can do your bit to help combat climate change this year, whilst also making some savings along the way.
When looking to reduce your household energy consumption, switching to LED lighting is one of the most effective things that you can do. LEDs use up to 90% less energy in comparison to incandescent lighting, and 60% less than traditional fluorescent lighting, so converting the lights around your home to LEDs will help reduce your energy consumption, in turn reducing your energy bill. Not only are LEDs more energy efficient, but they have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, 50 times more than an incandescent bulb, meaning you’ll need to buy a lot fewer light bulbs.
Lighting accounts for 18% of a typical household’s electricity bill, so finding a more efficient solution with a longer lifespan will help you reduce this total cost. Although, the initial cost of LEDs is higher than traditional bulbs, the investment is more than repaid in long term savings.
Another great way to reduce your overall energy consumption is by using solar powered lights throughout your garden. By using the sun’s energy, you have access to an endless supply of power for your lights (British weather permitting), which makes solar lighting the most environmentally friendly lighting solution available.
Additionally, solar lights are the cheapest type of lights to run, as once you have purchased your product there are no additional running costs. Solar lights are now available in a huge range of styles and can fulfil a number of practical requirements, so if you’re looking for a lighting solution for your outdoor space, there is most probably a solar powered alternative available.
Easy lighting wins
So, if you’re looking to do your part this Earth Day, but you’re not quite ready to replace your lighting, there are still plenty of easy ways to reduce your energy usage at home, including:
- switching off lights in rooms that aren’t being used - after all, why would they need to be lit if no one is in there?
- using a sensor or timer on external lights to ensure that they’re only in operation when needed.
- making sure that you're only using the light you need - consider turning off the main lights and switching on a lower-powered lamp instead.
Earth Day provides the perfect opportunity to review your current lighting set-up, inside and out. Contact us today, to find out how you can reduce your environmental impact and save money by switching to LED and solar powered lights.