Lighting & standby power

Lighting

The average household spends up to 9% of their annual energy bills on lighting. See below for some tips on energy efficient lighting.

  • Make the most out of natural light
  • Use energy efficient lights: CFLs use 80% less energy and last around 10 times longer. Each CFL can save up to $20 per year and standard halogen globes use 30% less energy and last twice as long.  Each globe can save up to $7 per year
  • Select the right light for the space
  • Turn off lights: 26% of people leave lights on all evening in unoccupied rooms

Standby power and lifestyle appliances

Standby power and lifestyle appliances make up to 10% of household energy use, or over $100 per year on energy bills. See below for some tips on reducing your energy use.

  • Home office and entertainment appliances are the worst offenders, with 65% of people turning off the TV with the remote, and 28% never switching off their computer
  • Make sure you turn off appliances like your TV, gaming consoles, computer and printer off at the wall rather than leaving them in standby mode and save up to $80 per year
  • Program the computer to have a blank screen when idle as screensavers will not reduce energy use of computer monitors – screen savers are not energy savers