Did you know that inefficient light bulbs are being phased out by the government and retailers? This is excellent news for anyone who pays an electricity bill; which is most of us. I myself am a landlord; I let out sixteen properties in the North East of England to students. So you can imagine how many light bulbs I go through.
Because I let to students I make my rent all inclusive – I’ve had too many problems with unpaid bills! So now I pay all the bills and add it into their rent. I think the students look for the ‘simplest’ way to rent and that is all inclusive; even though part of me thinks that they should be old enough to pay a bill themselves!
My electricity bills are massive; thousands of pounds a year, and there is no sign of them going down anytime soon. That’s why I decided to have a clean sweep on all my properties and change all the light bulbs over to energy efficient light bulbs. It took me two days and I had to buy one thousand energy saving bulbs (which I got as a bulk buy discount) but it was very much worth it. I worked out that on a thousand bulbs I am saving two and a half grand a year. I mean, that is a phenomenal saving.
Changing to energy efficient bulbs was definitely the right thing for me to do in my properties, but even though I have seventeen properties I am small-time, the letting agencies have thousands of homes on their books and it made me wonder if they have done the same – and if they haven’t why not? It’s madness not to.
Then there are other businesses, factories, shops, super markets – I hope they are doing it to. The fact that they are phasing out inefficient bulbs is excellent news for all of us, but there is no point waiting until we can’t buy inefficient bulbs anymore – get out the house now, buy your energy-saving-lightbulbs and make the change.
How to Choose Energy-Saving-Light-Bulbs
1. It pays to buy quality green bulbs. Although more expensive, they will last longer than cheaper ones and save you more money.
2. Use energy-efficient halogen lights in areas where the light fixture will be used for short periods of time only. If the light will be used for less than two hours a day, CFLs are not a wise investment.
3. CFLs and LEDs are now available in soft or warm white. These colors are more appealing compared to the blue-hued light of older CFLs. Energy-saving-light-bulbs that are labeled “natural light” or “cool white” are best for applications such as reading, exterior fixtures and task lighting. For living areas or accent lighting, choose bulbs with a warm, yellow hue.
4. Dimmable LEDs and CFLs are now available and you can find them labeled as such. They use less energy and generate less heat too. Make sure your dimmer switch is compatible with your green light bulbs.
5. Spiral CFLs are cheaper than glass enclosed CFLs. You may want to consider using a spiral lamp especially if it can be hidden behind a shade.
6. Light bulbs in closets, garages, basements and attics must produce light instantaneously. In these settings, a low energy halogen light bulb is more appropriate than a CFL.
There are many different brands of energy saving bulbs available, including General Electric, Philips, Osram, Omicron and Impact. Green light bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These bulbs can help save energy and reduce pollution. Choose the right energy efficient lamp and help save our planet.
Even if you don’t own lots of properties – whether you rent, own or whatever – if you pay an electricity bill there is no reason for you to using inefficient light bulbs. Make the change and you’ll be saving money and the environment.