Mastering Your Lighting Energy Consumption
Energy consumption is rife worldwide. Studies estimate that we used roughly 25,300 terawatt hours in 2021 alone, and for context, there are 12 zeros in a tera! There’s nothing wrong with desiring a well-lit space, but the sheer level of lighting energy consumption and average cost of energy per month can begin to rack up quite quickly. In this article, we will discuss a few top tips on how to master your lighting energy consumption to reduce your average cost of energy per month and make your home or business greener.
Use LED bulbs
If you’re trying to decrease your energy consumption, LED bulbs are the way to go. LEDs use an estimated 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, which are gradually being phased out in the name of energy efficiency. Additionally, they emit a brighter light than other bulbs of the same wattage, so you can achieve the same light level for a far lesser consumption rate.
The most common types of light bulbs tend to use anywhere from 25-100 watts of energy. Compared to the 5-15 wattage of LED bulbs, these numbers are excessive, and can be corrected. Incandescent light bulbs tend to use around 60 watts of electricity, compared to the 15 watts used by LEDs, maximum. So, replacing your higher watt bulbs with far more energy efficient LED bulbs will help you lessen your energy consumption, and you won’t even have to think about it.
Turn off the lights after you leave a room
Assuming that your bulbs are 18 watt, leaving your light on could cost you just over 6p an hour. This may not seem like much, but depending on the type of bulb you use, leaving a light on for 12 hours a day can cost 72p, and that’s just one light! It is estimated that the average home in the UK harbours 67 lights, so the cost of your energy consumption could rack up faster than you think! Turning your lights off after leaving a room can save an exponential amount of energy over time, and save you some money too.
Clean your windows and open the blinds
Dirty windows can block the access of natural light to your room more than you may realise. Dirt that collects on windows may be visible, but it can also be difficult to see. So, if you find yourself using an unusual amount of artificial lighting to keep your rooms lit during the day, especially when there is a window nearby, take a sponge and warm water to it. You may be surprised to find that your clean window and open blinds do all the light work for you.
Strategically placing mirrors around your rooms can reduce your lighting energy consumption by simply reflecting existing light. Mirrors allow light to travel further, whether natural or artificial, so you won’t need as much electricity to illuminate your space.
What can IOS Lighting do to help?
If your energy consumption is too high and it’s time for a bulb replacement, browse our LED lighting range to find a bulb that works for you. If you’d like to order, all you need to do is give us a call on 01604717315 and we’ll get your new energy-efficient bulbs to you right away.