The average Australian household uses approximately 6 per cent of its energy on lighting, according to the Federal Government. This may not seem like a lot, but with the cost of energy increasing by almost 15 per cent every 5 years, more and more people are on the lookout for easy ways to save energy.
Switching to energy-efficient LEDs is one of the smartest and most cost effective ways of reducing your energy bills. In fact, making the change to energy efficient lighting can reduce the amount of money you spend on lighting by more than 50 per cent.
There are many different choices when it comes to energy-efficient indoor lighting, but if you’re looking for the biggest bang for your buck you should be looking to install light-emitting diode (LEDs) bulbs throughout your home. Although they’ll initially set you back more than traditional incandescent light bulbs, each LED will save you hundreds of dollars over the bulbs lifetime. See the table below:
LED bulbs offer similar light quality to traditional incandescents, while lasting 25 times longer and being 25 per more energy efficient. Good quality LEDs can provide excellent lighting across a range of household applications, and with LED bulb technology having developed rapidly over the past three years they now offer the perfect alternative to some traditional lighting technologies such as downlights.
INDOOR LIGHTING TIPS
Replacing 15 incandescent bulbs in your home with LEDs can save you up to $75 per year.
When replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures, use energy-efficient bulbs that are rated for that purpose.
Controls such as timers save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Be sure to select products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.
Keep your curtains or shades open to use daylighting instead of turning on lights. For more privacy, use light-colored, loose-weave curtains to allow daylight into the room. Also, decorate with lighter colors that reflect daylight.
Many homeowners use outdoor lighting for decoration and security. LEDs work well outdoors because of their durability and performance in cold environments. Look for LED products to replace your existing pathway lights, step lights, and porch lights, as well as solar powered outdoor lighting options that can help reduce your energy costs even further.
OUTDOOR LIGHTING TIPS
Because outdoor lights are usually left on for long periods of time, using LEDs can save you a lot of money. Most LEDs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather, making them ideal for outdoor use.
LEDs are available as flood lights. These models have been tested to withstand the rain so they can be used in exposed fixtures.
Look for fixtures designed for outdoor use that come with features like automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors.
For more information on the benefits of energy efficient lighting, contact the most experienced electrical contractor in Adelaide and start reducing your energy bills today. If you are convinced to install LED lights, we supply and install LED downlights at affordable price.