Energy-efficient light bulbs cut power bills
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.
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.