A spotlight on energy efficient lighting

If your household is like the average Australian one, lighting could be accounting for as much as 11 per cent of your total energy usage.¹ 

install energy efficient lighting at home and help reduce your home's electricity costs

But with the right energy efficient lighting solutions and some useful energy-saving tips, there could be light at the end of the tunnel for bringing down your electricity costs.

Finding the right energy efficient lighting.

While sunlight well and truly tops the list, two other popular forms of energy efficient lighting found in Australian homes are Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs).

Some of them can use up to 80 per cent less energy than incandescent light bulbs to produce the same amount of light², as well as last up to 10 times longer³ – so you don’t need to whip out that step ladder and change them as often.

While these light bulbs can be more expensive in the beginning, over time, the energy savings – along with the financial ones – can really add up. For more on the difference between LEDs and traditional incandescent lamps, visit our discussion on the topic over at Community; our online forum for all things energy.

Fitting in with your energy efficient lighting goals.

Reducing the costs of your home’s lighting doesn’t need to start and end with installing energy efficient light bulbs. Choosing the right light fittings can also be effective. Here are three questions worth answering when you’re redecorating or shopping around:

  • Are there any objects in the room – like pieces of art or furniture –you’d like to showcase with lighting? Knowing this early can guide you towards a wise decision.
  • What’s the purpose of the room? The more often it’s used, the more you could potentially save by having the right energy efficient lighting solution
  • Could a skylight serve you better? If there’s a popular room in your house that sees very little sun, let light in from above and help cut your lighting costs during the day.

install energy efficient lighting at home and help reduce your home's electricity costs

Light the way with these top tips.
  • Don’t be fooled by the purchase price: some of the most expensive globes cost a pretty penny because they offer you a certain effect, rather than energy efficiency.
  • Timers and sensors: take the hard work out of flicking the switch – especially for any outdoor lights and inside lamps you use to convince people someone’s home.
  • Train the team: it’s obvious, but reminding your family how an empty room needs no light and getting them to flick the switch on the way out is an oldie but a goody.

References:
¹ http://www.energyrating.gov.au/document/guide-tips-reduce-your-home-energy-bills
² http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/households/energy-efficiency/at-home/lighting
³ http://www.energyrating.gov.au/products/lighting/phaseout