Given the imminent rise in gas and electricity prices, it’s important to consider as many energy-saving techniques as possible. A frequently overlooked area is lighting. Louise McCurry of Meteor Electrical tells Which4U about the money-saving opportunities available through LED lighting.
There aren’t many places that we can go today without seeing some sort of floodlight – whether that be in a public car park or in a football stadium.
Why are there so many floodlights? Well, the answer is that floodlights have much more power than standard outdoor lighting. One floodlight alone can do a better job than hundreds of standard bulbs. Many choose LED floodlights as these give a stronger sense of security in homes and work places and act as a deterrent against crime.
Floodlights are sturdy and durable, meaning they can withstand harsh conditions such as rain and snow. This is perfect as you won’t have to worry about extreme weather destroying your lights and having to fork out money to replace them!
LED floodlights are economical and eco-friendly. They use far less electricity than halogen floodlights, meaning you will save on energy bills while helping the environment.
The LEDs can also be directed towards certain areas. If you need light to focus on your gates, for example, this can be done easily and it is far cheaper than standard halogen lights. Halogens cannot focus directly on objects because the light inside them splits to cover a surface evenly.
So, you may ask, how can you save on money within the home? Well, the answer is domestic LED lighting. LEDs have been around for many years and they are best known for Christmas lights and traffic signals. However LED lighting in our homes has become more popular and is rapidly replacing standard incandescent light bulbs. The most popular LED lighting that can be seen in homes today are LED spotlights and LED floodlights.
The advantage of LEDs having a smaller chip is that the bulb lasts far longer, meaning lower ongoing costs as you won’t have to replace the bulbs as often. The LEDs themselves require less energy to power than standard light bulbs; this means you will have a reduced energy bill! LED lighting can use up to 80% less energy than standard bulbs and they have been known to last up to 100,000 hours.
The only disadvantage is that LEDs do have a higher purchase cost, but they are worth the extra expense as you want to keep your energy and maintenance bills as low as possible – especially with rising energy costs.
Which4U Says: Rising Energy Costs – What Can I Expect?
Hard-up British households and businesses will be feeling the pinch even more this autumn as major energy companies prepare for the latest hike in prices.
So far, four of the ‘big six’ – British Gas, nPower, Scottish Power and SSE – have announced price increases, which is expected to add at least £100 onto the average household energy bill.
- SSE: 8.2% (November)
- British Gas: 9.2% (November)
- Scottish Power: 8.6% (December)
- nPower: 10.4% (December)
The latest round of increases has prompted further discussion about an improved switching system that would allow consumers to switch from their current supplier with greater ease.
It can currently take up to six weeks to transfer a customer from one energy supplier to another, which has deterred people from switching and reduced competitiveness between big suppliers.
But the new current account switching system, which processes much more complex data within seven days, has been cited as a model that the energy industry must follow.
In the meantime, though, the onus remains on consumers to adopt as many energy-saving techniques as possible if they wish to protect themselves from the impact of higher energy bills.
LED lighting is clearly one such method. Thanks, Louise!