Low energy light bulbs are here to stay and switching is easy and relatively cheap.
- They do take a minute or so to reach full light output especially in cold rooms in the winter.
- If you have poor sight you may want to keep a traditional bulb in a critical light position, such as on stairs.
- Even if you switch to a low energy bulb of higher equivalent light output, it will still use far less energy than a traditional tungsten bulb.
- Start by changing just some bulbs and see how you get on.
Light Energy Saving Steps:
- If you have glass light fittings, clean them regularly, especially if you smoke in the house.
- Turn lights off when not required.
- Consider timed light switches in places where lights can be accidentally left on, such as cloakrooms or utility rooms; they can be set to turn off after 1 to 10 minutes or more.
- Consider proximity lights that only turn on when you walk into an area, especially outside or cloakrooms, etc.
- Outside security lights are often 500 watt floodlights. Make sure they turn off after the required period and make sure they are not triggered unnecessarily by animals or passing cars and people. Make sure they are positioned so as not to dazzle passing motorists.
- When you want low energy bulbs remember, they are now available in all shapes and sizes, including spotlights. Check out cheap deals at supermarkets and DIY stores, energy suppliers – may be offering free bulbs check on-line.
- Use solar lights outside if you want to light paths and drives, also consider a solar fountain for your pond.
REMEMBER - You may not like low energy bulbs but you cannot afford NOT to use them, even if you don’t want to save money. We can no longer use energy wastefully when it can be saved.
BE A RESPONSIBLE ENERGY USER.
Cavity Wall & Loft Insulation
Grants are available to cover cavity wall insulation and loft insulation available from utility suppliers or local authority. Private house owners can obtain grants to cover most of the cost requiring the householder to pay typically £199 for a typical 3-4 bedroom house. If you a
re 70 or over you may be eligible for a grant for the full cost.
Use this link to find out what grants are available for the area.
A really useful and practical site to look at is that of the Energy Saving Trust. A non profit organisation which has practical information on reducing and improving your energy use around your home. It has a calculator which enables you to calculate your own carbon footprint and see what changes you can make to how you run your household in the following areas: insulation, lighting, travel, use of appliances, and heating. They also have information on renewable energy to use in the home and alternative fuels.
Another site which is very similar is that of the Carbon Trust. It also has a calculation system and both sites do describe how you can get energy grants to make your household reduce energy usage. They also provide helpful information and assessments for business too on how to reduce their carbon footprint.
Saving on the use of Heating Oil Many people who live in the Allertons using Heating Oil may be interested in the site Boiler Juice, which works on the basis that you can bulk buy with others in your postcode to reduce the cost of heating oil by through buying it together. There is space on the Allerton Villages website that we could use to promote this as an energy saving activity.
Another useful site is the DirectGov environment and greener living site.