Want to save $100 an­nu­ally?

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to re­place more of their stan­dard light bulbs with en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light bulbs af­ter new re­search re­veal­ing Kiwi homes typ­i­cally only have en­er­gy­ef­fi­ciency light bulbs in a quar­ter of their fit­tings and one in 10 have no en­ergy ef­fi­cient light bulbs at all.

Peo­ple are still miss­ing out on sav­ings if the ma­jor­ity of their bulbs are tra­di­tional in­can­des­cents, the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity said.

‘‘ As light­ing is usu­ally around 12 per cent of the house­hold elec­tric­ity bill, this is some­where peo­ple can re­ally save,’’ the au­thor­ity’s Light­ing Pro­gramme man­ager Bill Bran­der said.

‘‘ If you’ve only got tra­di­tional in­can­des­cents in your home, you’re prob­a­bly spend­ing 400 per cent more on light­ing than you need to,’’ he said.

The end of day­light sav­ing time sig­ni­fies longer nights and more time spent at home, so light­ing use goes up, typ­i­cally dou­bling from sum­mer to win­ter, Mr Bran­der said.

‘‘Run­ning at less than a quar­ter of the cost of stan­dard light bulbs, en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient light­ing rep­re­sents a sim­ple way to save money.

‘‘Re­plac­ing five high-use 100W tra­di­tional in­can­des­cents with en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient light­ing can mean sav­ings of $100 a year and their long life means you can look for­ward to those sav­ings for years to come,’’ he said.

Stan­dards have been in­tro­duced lately that mean all com­pact flu­o­res­cent lamps must meet per­for­mance re­quire­ments, so con­sumers can be as­sured of the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, light qual­ity and dura­bil­ity of prod­ucts they buy.

The top per­form­ing bulbs are En­ergy Star qual­i­fied.

The re­search was com­mis­sioned by the au­thor­ity and car­ried out in­de­pen­dently by Ip­sos, a global mar­ket re­search com­pany, which au­dited 149 homes na­tion­wide.

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