En­ergy-ef­fi­cient light bulbs cut power bills

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata res­i­dents fac­ing electricity price in­creases next month are be­ing urged to re­place ex­ist­ing light bulbs with en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ones to help keep power bills down.

A num­ber of electricity re­tail­ers are pre­par­ing to pass on in­creased trans­mis­sion charges from April this year.

The En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity’s Rightlight cam­paign pro­gramme man­ager, Bill Brander, said switch­ing to en­ergy ef­fi­cient bulbs was one of the eas­i­est ways Waikato res­i­dents could save on their power bills.

‘‘By re­plac­ing five of the mos­tused stan­dard light bulbs with five en­ergy ef­fi­cient bulbs, a house­hold will save around $100 a year.’’ Mr Brander added: ‘‘Con­sumers may be think­ing they’re get­ting a good deal by pay­ing $1 for a tra­di­tional light bulb rather than $8 for an en­ergy-ef­fi­cient bulb but the re­al­ity is that a stan­dard 100W bulb is go­ing to cost you a lot more to run in the first year alone. An en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient bulb could also last up to six times longer.’’

A $1 stan­dard in­can­des­cent 100W light bulb costs $25 a year to run, while an $8 ef­fi­cient Com­pact Flu­o­res­cent Lamp (CFL) costs $5 over the same pe­riod. The RightLight pro­gramme pro­vided New Zealan­ders with all the in­for­ma­tion they needed to make good light­ing choices, as well as on­line in­ter­ac­tive tools for eval­u­at­ing costs and po­ten­tial sav­ings, said Mr Brander.

Ad­vances in light­ing de­sign mean there is now a range of ef­fi­cient light bulbs avail­able for ev­ery sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘ When choos­ing a light bulb, think about where the bulb is be­ing used, for ex­am­ple, the bathroom or be­d­room, how of­ten the used and for how long.

‘‘Put them in the places you use most.’’

De­spite the rapid up­take of en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light bulbs, nearly 90 per cent of New Zealand homes still have older-style bulbs in over half the sock­ets and are pay­ing much more for their light­ing than they have to.

The range of en­ergy- ef­fi­cient bulbs in­cludes halo­gens, LEDS and CFLS; these are now avail­able in at­trac­tive designs, colours and shapes to suit dif­fer­ent set­tings.

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is Ex­am­ples in­clude: CFLS and LEDS of­fer­ing ma­jor en­ergy sav­ings in high use ar­eas such as lounge, din­ing and fam­ily rooms in cov­ered and dimmable forms.

New gen­er­a­tion halo­gen bulbs look­ing just like the older style light bulbs, ideal for ar­eas such as cup­boards and hall­ways where lights are on for short pe­ri­ods of time, or for use on dim­mers

Flu­o­res­cent tubes in an in­creas­ing range of sizes and shapes de­signed for use over kitchen work benches and bathroom mir­rors.

Pos­i­tive par­ent­ing: Amy Martin pic­tured with her son Ben would love to see as many par­ents as pos­si­ble at the Prac­ti­cal Par­ent­ing Sem­i­nar to be held at the Mata­mata Bap­tist Church on March 27 and 28.

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