Are you still using old-school lighting? If so, you could be paying more than you need to. And with energy bills set to rise significantly this April, you might need an eco-friendly approach to beat rising energy costs throughout 2022.
The cost of energy is rising, and there are many ways to protect yourself from the rising prices. The UK alone has been hit by a dramatic increase in energy prices. After April 1st, energy prices in the UK are set to rise by a maximum of 54% as per the energy cap. This means the energy bill for an average family home will increase from around £97 to £145. Along with Brexit, Covid-19, cost of living rises and unpredictable markets because of the current war in Ukraine, saving where you can become more necessary than ever before.
Energy bill for an average family home will increase from around £97 to £145 (UK).
Solar electric lamps are an excellent option for nighttime lighting as they can save you a ton of money because the lighting is free. Solar lamps store energy from sunlight throughout the day and then come on when it gets dark. Therefore they are an amazingly eco-friendly alternative to traditional lighting that costs money. With warmer weather coming in, now is a great time to install bargain solar lighting for sitting outside. You can make your solar lamps last longer by keeping them clean, positioning them correctly and letting them charge when not in use.
By now, you will have heard of LED bulbs. But you may not know what they are. LED bulbs are eco-friendly lighting bulbs that use up to 90% less electricity than old school ones. Additionally, they last longer and can even be controlled using your phone. The three main uses for LED bulbs are bright light, low energy consumption, and long life. However, many manufacturers also pledge a lower carbon footprint when making them, which is passed on to you. LED bulbs help lower carbon emissions by 570 million tonnes in the UK alone each year.
Further to saving you tonnes of money and reducing carbon, you can use some LEDs with your phone. Smart bulbs let you dim their power, change colours and create lighting profiles. This kind of control is excellent for reducing power usage. For instance, your bedroom reading profile will lower your lighting to an appropriate level suitable for sitting in bed and getting stuck into your favourite novel before bed at the touch of a button. When you use profiles in this way, you use only the light and energy required for whatever you are doing.
You can use natural lighting to save on power with solar panels or the light itself. Either way can make a big difference in your home’s energy use. Getting natural light into a room can also make a big difference in the décor and how you feel. But it can be tricky to master. First, you need a brilliant white ceiling that properly diffuses natural light. Then you can accentuate the amount of light with mirrors. Finally, keeping blinds open also helps bring in more light and generates heat from sunlight coming through the glass and warming up a room.Summary
Energy and living costs are rising. And many will find prices unaffordable. But you can lower your energy consumption by installing efficient LED bulbs that give you complete control over how they are used with your phone. Further, solar lamps provide free lighting when it gets dark.
Beating Rising Energy Costs with Eco-Friendly Lighting