Lighting Tips

Every year, UK households spend around £1.2 billion on electricity for lighting. But because we take it for granted, it is easy to forget the effect our lighting has on the environment. Lighting is responsible for approximately 8% of Carbon Dioxide emissions in the UK, and around 18% of their domestic electricity use (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001).

We can dramatically reduce consumption simply by switching lights off every time we leave a room, not sleeping with the light on, and waiting an extra 20 minutes before we turn our lights on in the evenings (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001).

One unit of electricity supplied to a customer can provide the same amount of light for 10 hours or 40 hours for exactly the same price, depending on the type of bulb you use. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 70% less electricity than traditional incandescent or halogen lights and last ten times longer. If every household swapped to energy-efficient bulbs it would save enough energy to power the lighting used in two million homes a year (Go Mad, The Ecologist, 2001).