So, I’m still on my energy saving buzz after getting a gigantic power bill a few months back. I’ve made in-roads into reducing our power bill but I still think we pay way too much (or put another way, use/waste far too much energy). Not a great use of either our resources or the plants really. So the next thing on my hit list is lighting.
I’ve become something of a light switch ninja, creeping round our house and turning the lights off the second a room is unoccupied (and occasionally a few seconds before as well 😉 ), but the other side of the coin is making sure our bulbs are as energy efficient as possible.
Energy efficient bulbs aren’t what they used to be. When they first came out they were ugly, provided poor lighting and the range was very limited. That however is a thing of the past. There is now a huge range of different types of bulbs and brightness’s to choose from and they’re actually not as expensive as I thought they were, so I’ve got no excuse really.
Depending on the type of bulb you get they are between 30% – 80% more efficient than normal bulbs and last from 2 – 15 times longer. I’m no mathematician but even I can figure out that they’re going to save me money (I just don’t know exactly how much, cos as I said, I’m no mathematician).
Having a look around my home we do have a few energy efficient light bulbs but some of the most used lights; the kitchen and the bathroom and toilet are not. So that’s going to be my job tonight, taking out the bulbs and using this handy tool from energywise to figure out which bulbs I need to get.
Another thing I did not even consider until I happened to stumble across it just now, is the light in my pantry! Pretty sure that is NOT energy efficient and given how many times our pantry gets opened (and left open) in a day it must be costing us a fortune.
Likewise, when I was checking my house for energy efficient bulbs I didn’t even think to look in the garage or the outside lights, so that will be another job to add to my to-do list tonight.
If getting energy efficient bulbs for your home is something that has been on your ‘to-do’ list but you’ve never quite gotten around to it, I might just be able to help out with that….
Thanks our wonderful sponsors, New Zealand Home Loans we have 15 energy efficient light bulbs to give away. All you need to do is tell us your best power saving tip. You can enter by commenting below on this blog, posting to our facebook page or emailing me at email@example.com. You can enter as many times as you like. Draw will take place on Friday 4th September and the winner will be notified via the blog and facebook. Good luck! COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED
Draw is for one prize of 15 energy efficient bulbs (to replace standard bulbs.)