Energy Saving Tips For Your Home
We know better than anyone how expensive energy bills can get throughout the year and household lighting plays a big part in that expense. This has only became more apparent with the energy price cap in the UK increasing by a huge 54% this month. We want to do our best to help you keep your energy bills down, below we have provided some essential energy saving methods and products that may make a big difference in keeping your homes energy flowing.
Energy Efficient Lighting
It goes without saying that the more rooms and lights in your home equals higher electricity bills, however we can help reduce this overall cost by recommending certain bulbs that will cut down your energy usage from lighting. Our first recommendation is if you have any incandescent or halogen bulbs left in your home, switch them all for LED bulbs. LED bulbs can function on as little as one sixth the amount of watts that an incandescent bulb functions on whilst still emitting the same amount of light for an even greater amount of time. They also last up to 25 times longer than a traditional bulb, saving you time and money from switching your bulbs constantly. Even better, when shopping for your next light fitting look for LED integrated lights as these have an even longer lifespan, are extremely energy efficient, save you money on bulbs, and often include smart control capabilities such as being dimmable and offering colour temperature options.
As we come into the warmer months, many of us are spending more and more time in our gardens. But, the party doesn’t have to end when the sun disappears. There are so many ways you can keep your garden lit all night long without paying for an electrician to install garden lighting or adding to your electricity bill! We have been busy sourcing the highest quality solar lighting in multiple categories, and you can now shop our solar wall lights, lanterns, posts, bollards, spotlights and more! These aren’t just for the summer nights either, solar lights continue to work throughout the winter months and all year round in fact despite the common misconception of solar power needing the sun in order to function. Our solar lights are powered by light not heat, meaning that your lights will have enough power to run all night long. Click here to browse our complete selection of exterior lights to complete your garden.
Our Top 5 Energy Saving Tips
1) Turn off your lights when you can: When you leave a room or your home, make sure to turn off all of the lights. A recent survey revealed that an estimated 4.7 million UK citizens leave at least one light on overnight unnecessarily, equating to wasting about £0.77 for every eight hour’s shut eye. This can build to £23.42 a month and £281.05 a year! As we approach lighter days this will become easier to leave your lights off during the day.
2) Dimmers: If you’re able to, install dimmers in the rooms you use the most light such as your living room and kitchen. To assure you’re only using the minimum amount of light that you need, dimmers work by the light rapidly turning on and off hundreds of times per second, which then reduces the amount of power that reaches the bulb resulting in less energy being used. Dimmers are a great way to keep your energy consumption down, and a bonus for mood lighting!
3) Take advantage of day lighting techniques: A daylighting technique is making the most of natural light throughout the day to illuminate important areas of your home. For example, if you have a home office for working in during the day, placing your desk close to a window to optimize the daylight instead of needing to turn a bulb on.
4) Solar lighting: Quickly and easily add light in your garden without needing an electrician or adding to your electricity bill. As solar power is the number one source of renewable energy, it’s a great way to go green!
5) Prioritize task lighting: Task lighting is simply using a light only when it is required to complete a task e.g. turning the kitchen light on so you can prepare a meal. This may seem obvious but studies have shown that homeowners will often have more than one light on when in a room even though it is unnecessary.
We hope these tips for maximizing your energy efficiently in your home has been helpful. It’s a difficult time for everyone and we want to be here to help where we can. If you require any of the previously mentioned bulbs, LED integrated lights or exterior solar lights you can find all of these and more on our website and in our North East showroom. For further information on some topics briefly covered in this blog such as bulb colour temperature or if you have any questions, you can click here view our arrangement of blogs available on our website. If you have any further questions about any of our products or services, send us an email to email@example.com and speak with one of our professionals.