‘Massive difference’: Save over £600 a year on energy bills with one simple switch

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With Ofgem announcing a boost for the maximum amount that customers can be charged for energy last week, a staggering 22 million people – households and businesses – have been impacted by this news. There’s little homeowners can do about energy bills rising, but they can control how much gas and electricity they are using. Experts have revealed how switching light bulbs can make a “massive difference”.

Independent finance broker Norton Finance said: “Lighting makes up 15 percent of average UK household electricity consumption, so making the switch to more efficient lighting can make a massive difference to energy costs. 

“It’s also better for the environment as LEDs lower your carbon footprint, and you won’t have to change your light fittings to start seeing the benefit.

“From a design point of view, many people think LED lights are also softer and more welcoming.”

According to the experts, the average home has 67 light bulbs. 

The amount Britons can save is determined by whether they’re switching from traditional (incandescent) bulbs or halogens.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, switching from 100-watt old-school incandescent bulbs to LEDs will save £9 per bulb every year. 

Whereas, if homeowners switch from 50w halogens to LEDs, they’ll save £3.50 per bulb.

This is equivalent to saving £234.50 a year.

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Most LED lights have an average lifetime of 17 years and last 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs. 

Making the switch might seem costly to begin with, but the investment will provide your house with better light performance and lower bills for many years.

To calculate the savings, Norton Finance sourced LED multipacks and selected a mix of bayonet and screw fitting. 

All bulbs sourced have an energy class rating of at least A+.

They have found that homeowners would have to spend £104.91, but will end up saving up to £603 each year in energy savings.

The energy experts have also suggested other ways to save on electric bills, from the obvious to the unusual.

All lights should be turned off when leaving a room.

Not only is this better for the environment but it will save you a few pounds every month.

According to The Energy Saving Trust, doing this can help to save £14 a year.

For those who forget to switch off their lights, it could be worth installing sensors or timers on lighting appliances.

Also, Britons should think twice about the number of lights they have in each room.

For instance, is a lamp needed when homeowners have a main light in the room.

What’s more, homeowners should use transparent shades and fittings, to prevent the light being absorbed by a dark lampshade.

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