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Switch to efficient lighting
Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective things you can do to reduce energy use—you could halve your household lighting costs. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) only use around 20 per cent of the energy to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent light globe and last between 4 and 10 times longer.
- Use the sun as it provides free and natural lighting
- Save electricity and money with more efficient globes—up to 80 per cent
- Be prepared for the phase-out of incandescent globes
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- Get a home assessment. This will help you identify the areas where you could install efficient lighting. Your assessment report should include an estimate of potential energy savings.
- Switch to energy-efficient globes—good quality light emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). There are many different models, light outputs, styles and colours, to suit your needs. Many new varieties are emerging as the technology develops.
- Do your research and choose quality long-lasting products that will save you energy and give good results. Read our tips to find out which are the best solutions for your lighting needs. LED lights can vary in quality so to enjoy the benefits ensure you know what to look for.
- Install clever switching controls, such as timers, daylight controls and motion sensors that turn lights on and off as needed.
- Reduce the need for artificial lighting. If you're building or renovating, create cosy or dramatic effects with an energy-efficient lighting design. Start by talking to your builder and lighting retailer for options. A lighting designer experienced in energy-efficient systems will be able to help you design a more effective lighting scheme.
- For existing homes or designing a new home consider enhancing natural lighting, or installing light tubes and skylights to reduce your overall need for artificial lights.
- Consider re-decorating with light-reflective surfaces and pale carpets and furnishings. This will reduce the need for artificial lighting. Try placing mirrors opposite your windows to reflect light around the room.
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