Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective things you can do to reduce energy use – you could halve your household lighting costs. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) only use around 20 per cent of the energy to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent light globe and last between 4 and 10 times longer.
- This will help you identify the areas where you could install efficient lighting. Your assessment report should include an estimate of potential energy savings.
- Switch to energy-efficient globes. There are many different models, styles and colours to suit your needs. Many new varieties are emerging as the technology develops.
- Install clever switching controls that turn lights on and off as needed.
- Try placing mirrors opposite your windows to reflect light around the room.
- Consider re-decorating with light-reflective surfaces and pale carpets and furnishings. This will reduce the need for artificial lighting.
- If you’re building or renovating, create cosy or dramatic effects with an energy-efficient lighting design. Start by talking to your builder and lighting retailer for options. A lighting designer experienced in energy-efficient systems will be able to help you design more effective lighting scheme.