Bright sparks save by switching off

June 2011

The ban on incandescent light bulbs is well under way and there are now energy efficient alternatives to help you save up to $100 per year on your energy bill.

Ausgrid’s Energy Efficiency Expert Paul Myors said lighting isn’t the biggest energy user in the home, but it’s an easy area to make efficiency improvements.

Standard incandescent light bulbs were banned in February 2010, but you might still have some in use at home.

They’re very inefficient so it’s best to have a quick look around your home and replace them with newer globes that will save you up to $80 per year and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) shine just as bright as standard bulbs, last up to 10 times longer and use 80% less energy. CFL’s are available in a range of wattages and designs, and some are also dimmable.

Another option is the halogen energy saver bulb that is 30% more efficient than the banned bulb and lasts twice as long.

Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) are the newest development in lighting. They can be expensive but have a maximum life expectancy of up to 50,000 hours. That’s about 50 years for the average household light, and LED’s can use up to 75% less energy than the standard incandescent.

It’s a myth that switching lights off and on uses more energy than leaving them running. So the simplest way to save on lighting is to switch them off in rooms that aren’t being used. This will save you up to $40 per year.

See more information on how to save on lighting.

The LED chandelier in Ausgrid's Smart Home lights up the whole room

The LED chandelier in Ausgrid's Smart Home lights up the whole room.