Reducing Your Household Bills

Reducing Your Household Bills

Now, more than ever, people are seeking out ways of reducing their household bills. In a time of rising prices, anywhere you can cut costs is a good idea. One area in which people are paying more and more attention is that of energy costs, an area where you can not only save yourself money, but also reduce your carbon footprint. If you are looking to try out some energy savings options, a quick and easy way to start is with low energy lighting. Simply replacing your existing light bulbs with energy saving light bulbs can mean you use up to 80% less electricity but still maintain the same level of light in your home.

If you are thinking of the energy saving light bulbs of old that looked ugly, gave a cold light and took forever to come up to their full brightness, then you are in for a surprise, as the energy saving light bulb market has moved on since then. Today's energy saving bulbs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to suit your existing light fittings. If you have a dimmer switch, you can also purchase energy saving bulbs suitable for this. What's more, the old tungsten filament style bulbs are being phased out, so shortly, the only type of bulb you can purchase will be an energy saving one.

On average, replacing all your old bulbs with energy saving ones could save you £37 a year. The cost of these bulbs is currently a little more expensive, but you should recoup your costs in electricity savings in about a year and the price of these bulbs will drop eventually. They also last about ten times longer than a standard bulb.

There are three main types of energy saving bulbs. The compact fluorescent lamps are the most popular and come in a variety of shapes, such as candle and they also come in screw or bayonet options. LED lighting can replace existing halogen spot lighting, or you can use the energy saving halogen light bulbs that use around 30% less electricity than a normal halogen bulb. They also come in soft tones, so you don't have to put up with harsh lighting.

Lighting fittings have also advanced to accommodate low energy lighting options. There are lighting fittings on the market that will only take a low energy bulb and they are fitted with a transformer that regulates the electricity supply to the bulb. A small power surge lights the bulb and the flow of electricity is then reduced. One thing to note, however, if you are planning on installing some low energy lighting fittings; they will only take a pin type energy saving bulb. You should also note that as energy saving bulbs use less electricity, you will not need the same wattage as you had with a tungsten filament bulb. For example, to replace a 60W tungsten bulb, you will only need an 11 to 14 watt energy saving bulb.

There are some great styles of low energy fittings available on the market, including lamps, so why not try them out today?