Want to save $100 annually?
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.