Lighting

You can reduce your energy use by following these simple steps.

Know when to flick the switch

  • Open your curtains in the daytime to let natural light shine in (except when you are trying to keep the heat out)
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room
  • Turn off outdoor lights when they aren’t needed, or consider using motion sensors if you have security lighting
  • Avoid using radiant heat lamps as lights in the bathroom

Choose your lighting carefully

  • Use compact florescent lighting (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs. While they may cost extra, they use less than a quarter of the energy of standard light bulbs and last 10 to 25 times longer
  • Minimise the use of halogen down lights
  • Remove extra bulbs from a set of lights
  • Ensure that your new lights work with any dimmer switches you have