This isn't your usual turns your lights off when you leave effort, Have you heard the one about the light bulb that waits for you to leave the room before it turns on? We all know about energy saving bulbs and yes it’s true, sometimes they take a few seconds to warm up. But let’s get over that and look at the real cost of switching.
The Energy Saving Trust says that we can save around £3 per year for each bulb we swap for an energy saving one. If the average house uses 20 light bulbs, it means that we can save £60 a year just on our electricity bill - plus there’s savings to be made on the bulb itself because they last up to 10 times longer.
Cost of non-energy saving light bulb: £1.98 x 10 = £19.80 (over 5 years, based on average use) Cost of same energy saving light bulb: £3.98 (should last 5 years)
Spent: £3.98 Saved over 5 years: £15.82 (per bulb) Average annual saving (on energy and light bulb costs): £6.16 x 20 = £123.20
So when you’re next in the store and you don’t want to spend an extra £2 on an energy saving bulb it’s worth considering the future implications of your choice.