It seems that the UK has finally seen the last of summer, as colder weather and grey skies start to set in across the country. Though we might see a glimpse of an Indian summer in September, the chances are that most people will be starting to prepare for winter as the month goes on. This often means making energy-saving measures that will prevent bills from being sky-high in the costly period over winter. Radiators will be turned back on soon, and the daylight hours will mean that light bulbs will see much more use. So what can be done to save energy in the cold, dark UK winters?
Steven Ellwood, Managing Director of BLT Direct, one of the UK's premier providers of lighting solutions for homes and businesses across the country, says, "Energy bills are notoriously high in the UK, especially during winter, when residents must heat and light their homes for much longer. Making small changes, such as using energy-saving light bulbs or getting better insulation can ensure that bills won\t skyrocket in the coldest and darkest months of the year."
Energy-saving light bulbs such as LEDs and CFLs are incredibly efficient at lighting an area without consuming too much energy. Unlike older bulbs, a huge percentage of the energy these modern bulbs consume is not transformed into wasteful heat; their energy is transformed strictly into light, meaning energy consumption can decrease by up to 80%. This means a vast reduction to energy bills and a great saving over a long period.
The life span of these bulbs is also a significant factor in the fight to light our homes for less. The upfront cost of an LED light bulb might be much higher than an old 60-watt incandescent bulb, but they can often last for decades. If an LED light bulb costs an average of £7, lasts for 20 years and saves up to £90 in electricity over the course of its life span, this offers ultimately superior savings over a bulb which costs £1, lasts for just 1,000 hours and consumes much more energy.
LEDs and CFLs integrate perfectly into a home which has been kitted out with older bulbs. Their familiar bases and caps, such as the Edison Screw and Bayonet Cap, are compatible with all the conventional fittings and fixtures around the home, and it does not take much effort to simply screw or slot them in and enjoy their bright illumination immediately. They are simple to install and the rewards can be plentiful as people look to minimise their bills as much as possible in the coming months.
Created by Steve Ellwood on 2nd September, 2013
Qualified as an Electrician, founder of BLT Direct