Energy Saving TrustOne way to reduce carbon emissions and help reduce expenditure on the electricity network, is to use less energy in the first place.

The Energy Saving Trust provides impartial, accurate and authoritative advice on how to reduce carbon emissions and use water more sustainably, as well as to help people to save money on energy bills.

Have a look at these short information videos from the Energy Saving Trust:

  1. Energy Saving Trust – Introduction
  2. Home Energy Saving Guide 
  3. Save Water, Energy, Money

For businesses, there are a whole range of products and service providers to help you with your energy bills, but you can start by having a look at the Business Link energy advice and the Carbon Trust energy management pages.

A Real Lightbulb Moment

Never had a chance to attend our efficient lighting event back in October 2013? Never fear the information you need is here!

What is an efficient bulb?

There are typically 4 main types of light bulb we will find in the cupboards in our home of the shelf of the local DIY shop.

1. Incandescent bulbs, these older inefficient bulbs may have been cheap to buy but are the energy savvy’s worst nightmare using around 900% more energy and with a lifespan around 1/15th of an LED alternative.
2. Halogen bulbs are often a little more expensive than Incandescent, however with double the lifespan and at 30% more efficient they are considered the next step in light-bulb evolution
3. Compact Florescent light (CFL) bulbs are a step towards what is nowadays often referred to as an efficient light bulb, providing around 10,000 hours of light, or 10 incandescent bulbs and at roughly 75% more efficient these bulbs may cost a few extra pennies however potential energy savings are significant. Estimates suggest you could save up to £3 a year by switching to CFL’s.
4. L.E.D.’s as currently the most efficient widespread form of lighting these bulbs come with a slightly higher price-tag but the life-span and energy efficiency far surpasses it’s competitors. L.E.D.’s may also be favoured for their ‘whiter’ level of light omit- this is of course a matter of personal preference.

Hints and tips on saving energy through your lighting

There are a range of information channels out there on how to save energy through lighting in your home, however the below gives you a few ideas!
• Switching off lights when you leave a room/your home
• You could consider having a trained electrician rearrange light switches so they’re more easily accessible
• Timers and sensors on lights can be one way to reduce your consumption
• Consider the lighting that’s on whilst carrying out daily activities i.e. whilst watching TV, or reading a book.

We hope the above is the helpful in saving you on your electricity consumption!

References: GE (http://www.gelighting.com/LightingWeb/na/consumer/inspire-and-learn/index.jsp) and Kes Lighting (http://www.keslighting.co.uk/guide-eco-friendly-home-lighting/one.html)

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