Switch lights to save

August 2012

Lighting is an important part of any home and there are energy efficient options to help you save up to $100 on your annual energy bill.

Ausgrid’s Energy Efficiency Expert Paul Myors said lighting has become a design feature in the home but some lights use more energy than you think.

The first step to make simple efficiency improvements is to replace any old incandescent light bulbs that might still be in use around your house since the sale of them was banned in 2010.

They’re very inefficient so for your lamps and traditional light fixtures consider installing compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). They last up to 10 times longer, use 80% less energy than standard bulbs, and can save you up to $80 per year on your household bills.

Downlights have become popular in new and renovated homes but we tend to install more per room than we would traditional lights.
A standard low voltage halogen downlight uses around the same energy as a standard 60 watt incandescent bulb. Efficient alternatives are infra-red coated (IRC) halogen lamps, which use 30% less energy, last twice as long as standard halogen lamps, and look exactly the same.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are the newest development in lighting. They come in many different forms and can use up to 75% less energy than the standard incandescent. They also have a maximum life expectancy of up to 50,000 hours or about 50 years for the average household light.

The easiest way to save up to $40 per year is to switch lights off in rooms that aren’t being used.

Find more information about lighting here.





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