Electricity expenditure weighs heavily on household budgets. The lights in the house are a big contributor to those energy bills. However, there are many simple actions to take to control your electricity consumption and allow you to make substantial savings.
Apply common sense rules to save electricity from house lights
If you want to save electricity on the lights in your home, you can first apply a few common sense rules. First, of course, think about reaching the light(s) in a room when you leave it. Of course, it’s just as important to teach everyone around you to do the same.
Then, it is necessary to dust the bulbs of the lights in your house well to avoid loss of light output. In the same way, for your comfort, and to save electricity, you must adapt the power of your bulbs to your needs and the type of room. Also to know: favoring light colors for the decoration of your home contributes to not having to multiply the sources of light and therefore to consume less electricity.
The installation of lights in the house is also important in terms of saving electricity and there is a choice such as the use of an LED strip, but not only. It is in fact preferable to distribute several direct light sources in the same room (ceiling light, reading lamp, etc.) so as not to have to light the whole room, but a single targeted lighting point which ultimately contributes to achieving significant savings.
Also be careful to buy bulbs whose label mentions their low energy consumption, recognizable by the sign “A”, and in particular the “A+” or “A++”.
In general, use natural light as much as possible, which is free, for example by opening your shutters from the first hours of the day and making the most of this brightness until the last hours of the day.
To help you save electricity and reduce your bill, the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe) has published a guide (available on its website) which includes many tips for limit the consumption of electrical equipment in your home.
Opt for an economical lighting system
Technical advances in lighting, particularly domestic, today offer many solutions to be able to achieve significant electricity savings on the lights of the house in particular. Energy-saving light bulbs are the ones that use the least amount of electricity. They no longer have anything to do with conventional incandescent bulbs, or even halogen bulbs, whose power consumption is well established.
LED bulbs are the most economical low-energy bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). It is estimated that LED lamps consume on average ten times less than conventional bulbs and 90% less than an incandescent bulb! In addition, LED bulbs have many other advantages such as being more respectful of the environment because they do not contain mercury or polluting gases. They also have a lifespan almost three times longer (about 40,000 hours), which explains their higher price. However, the price quickly pays for itself and has also fallen significantly in recent years.
LED lamps are therefore now accessible to as many people as possible and they no longer require you to wait a few minutes to light up completely and illuminate your home well. Finally, LED lamps come in an infinite variety to adapt to all rooms in the house. In particular, they make it possible to effectively illuminate even your cupboards, your drawers, your wardrobes, etc., if you opt for an LED strip for example, a practical and very useful type of lighting which exists in many sizes and which is suitable especially in tight places.