Go green in light­ing and save money

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

New re­search has shown en­ergy ef­fi­cient light bulbs are a bet­ter op­tion for both the en­vi­ron­ment and the home.

Auck­lan­ders are be­ing urged to buy en­ergy ef­fi­cient light bulbs fol­low­ing new re­search by Con­sumer show­ing most are brighter, last longer and use less elec­tric­ity than stan­dard in­can­des­cent bulbs.

Con­sumer found the ma­jor­ity of com­pact flu­o­res­cent lamps (CFL) it tested pro­duced more light than stan­dard in­can­des­cent bulbs.

The mag­a­zine says its study found a stan­dard eco-friendly bulb cost­ing $6.50 would pay for it­self in less than four months. Test­ing re­vealed the best mod­els are durable and reach full bright­ness quickly.

Con­sumer is ad­vis­ing shop­pers to look for lu­mens rather than wattage on new en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light bulbs pack­ag­ing. Lu­mens mea­sure the bulb’s light out­put while wattage only states how much en­ergy the light bulb is us­ing to cre­ate light.

Con­sumer chief ex­ec­u­tive Sue Chetwin says the new re­search shows the qual­ity of en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient light bulbs has im­proved.

En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity light­ing pro­gramme manger Bill Bran­der says now is a good time to switch to the en­ergy ef­fi­cient bulbs.

‘‘As the nights are longer, and we spend more time at home, light­ing use in the av­er­age home can typ­i­cally dou­ble so choos­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient bulbs is a good op­tion.

‘‘You can save $20 a year ev­ery year for ev­ery in­can­des­cent bulb you re­place.’’

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