WHEN it comes to cutting costs, we all look for brilliant ideas that could help us save money – and it turns out that even the smallest change can have a big impact.
The cost of living crisis means we’re already making adjustments to how we efficiently heat our homes, but it turns out we can save money when it comes to lighting, too.
Kate Baker, Light and Wellness Advisor at 4lite, says: “Banning expensive, energy-guzzling bulbs from the house can make a big difference to your energy use and therefore your bills.
“Saving hundreds of pounds on your home energy bills can be as simple as changing a light bulb.”
Make the LED Switch
Making changes to save money doesn’t have to be complicated – and using a specific type of bulb can make a huge difference.
Kate says: “Modern LEDs are the greenest bulbs on the market, using 85% less energy.
“LED bulbs are incredibly energy efficient and use much less electricity.
“They may cost a bit more upfront, but the payback is quick – plus they last a long time so won’t need to be replaced as often.
“Plus, taking the next step to smart LED bulbs can revolutionize your home lighting and save you even more.
“LEDs turn on instantly and run for 25,000 hours or more.
“Used six hours a day, it’s been almost 12 years, so not only will you save money on your energy bills, but you won’t need to replace them as often.
“They’re also completely free of toxic chemicals and generate virtually no heat, so they’re cool to the touch, safer for the home.”
Location, location, location
Where you place your lights is also important.
Kate says: “LEDs offer a much more focused light distribution, which means you can get more, for less.
“If you are looking for new light fixtures, plan the layout carefully.
“Fewer well-placed bulbs will light your home more efficiently, directing light where you need it and eliminating the need for multiple halogens.”
Set light schedules
Every minute your lights are on costs money.
Kate says: “Smart lights can be programmed to turn on and off at set times of the day or even at sunset.
“Smart scheduling means your lights are on only when you need them – and not for a moment longer.
“Easy-to-install motion sensors mean your lights only come on when you enter a room and off when you leave.
“A good choice for hallways to have your lights on when you get home or if you want to prevent outside lights from accidentally being left on.
“It’s also a perfect solution for families whose children are too small to reach the light switch or if you want a landing light to only come on if they wake up during the night. “
turn off the lights!
It’s so simple, yet SO effective – turning off lights when not in use obviously has a huge impact, and if you invest in smart lighting, it’s never been easier.
Kate says: “If your home is lit up like a Christmas tree, smart lighting lets you turn off unwanted lights without even leaving the couch.
“Also great if you’re in bed or out and can’t remember if you left the kitchen light on.
“If you’re relaxing in the evening, you’ll inevitably need less light than if you’re concentrating on a task.
“And so does a gloomy day versus evening.
“With smart lighting, you can adjust the color and brightness of your lights based on light levels, what you’re doing, or even your mood.
“You can even set the brightness to slowly adjust automatically throughout the day.”