Earlier this year, it was suggested the average dual fuel customer is paying £1,265 per year. However, there are steps you can take to bring your energy prices down – such as switching to LED light bulbs.
LED bulbs are considered to be one of the most efficient ways of illuminating your home, and over recent years have become available in a number of formats, including GU10, B22 and E27 – with each LED bulb offering a number of benefits, compared to their counterparts.
Five of the key benefits to introducing LED bulbs into your home are:
Save £239 a Year:
Potentially the biggest benefit of LED bulbs is their cost effectiveness. Whilst they may be costly to purchase, they soon pay for themselves.
It’s estimated that by replacing 10 “old-styled” light bulbs with the equivalent number of 6 watt LED bulbs, you’ll experience a saving of £239 a year. Whilst this is a rough estimate, how much you actually save will depend on a number of factors, including:
I) How many bulbs you have in your home and the type of bulb you have (e.g. halogen).
II) The wattage of your existing bulbs.
III) How much kW/hr your current bulbs cost you.
For a more accurate assessment of how much you could save by switching to LED bulbs, use an energy saving calculator.
LED bulbs are reportedly 80% to 90% more energy-efficient compared to traditional conventional light-bulbs, due to 80% of the electrical energy consumed by the bulb being converted to light.
By comparison, incandescent bulbs convert only 20% of the energy they consume into light, with 80% being wasted as heat.
Due to using less energy to produce light, LED bulbs are considered to be one of the most eco-friendly, and by switching to LED bulbs throughout your home you could reduce your CO2 emissions by as much as 250kg.
The expected life expectancy of an LED bulb is 100,000 hours, which equates to 22 years life at 50% operation. Although it is worth noting the life of the bulb will vary compared to how the bulb is used.
Many energy efficient bulbs when switched on can take time to heat up and provide the correct brightness, when used in areas around stairs or entrances, this isn’t ideal. With LED bulbs, the brightness of the light is instantaneous – meaning they can be used anywhere.
By changing the light bulbs throughout your home, you’ll be surprised at home much you can save and how much you can reduce your energy consumption. For further advice on saving money throughout your home, visit the Money Saving Tips section of the BuySpares blog.