They are so easy to switch on, but why is it so hard to switch them off?
Have you ever nipped into the kitchen for a drink, left the lights on then come back two hours later to see them still on? You only needed two minutes of light, but you paid for 120 minutes…
If you are lighting empty rooms you are wasting money needlessly. All it takes is to remember to switch off as you go.
And if you have children, get them light-spotting too – they are brilliant!
Some lights use a lot more power than others. So switch these ones off first.
Halogen spotlights are a good example. Each little lamp can use 50 watts – so if you have six in your kitchen, that’s 300 watts of power when they’re on.
Another big one is outside spotlights. Sometimes these can be as much as 500 watts. This will use as much in a minute as some lights use in an hour! So switch them off first.
Old-style light bulbs waste a huge amount of electricity as heat. New energy-saving ones use much less power to give the same amount of light.
If you have any old style bulbs (eg 40 watt, 60 watt or 100 watt), swap them right away for energy-saving ones. These use over four times less energy. You can replace a 60 watt bulb with a 14 watt one and save every time it’s on.
Lighting can be a quarter of all your electricity use. Luckily it’s easy to make big savings.