It’s surprising how much money we could save on our energy bills by changing our traditional incandescent light bulbs to ‘energy-saving’ bulbs; buying the equivalent of 100W energy bulb (15W low energy) could see savings of £54.00 over five years. Traditional bulbs are also going to be phased out by September 2012; however in the past year there has been a huge increase in some energy bulbs, Sylvania, one of the largest manufacturers in China stated that the rise was due to the increase in raw materials.
There are three different types of Energy Saving Light bulbs available: - LED’s are more expensive to buy, but they do offer the most energy savings.
• Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) – these are the most common type of bulb, they use 60-80% less energy than the traditional bulb, and these are normally the cheapest option.
• Halogens – these use 20-30% less energy than the traditional bulb.
• LED’s use 90% less energy than incandescent but are more expensive than CFL.
Which? have also stated that it’s important to research your energy light bulb purchases as some cheap ones do have the tendency not to be very durable and their top ‘best buys’ are Sylvania, Osram or GE Electronic.