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Why should you turn off your lights?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Turning off your lights when you don’t need them is one of the easiest ways to save money in the home. Read on to find out why and how!


1 energy saving bulb (like the one here) left on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all year round would cost about £26. In my small 3 room flat, I have 15 bulbs. If I left all of the lights on…that’s £390. If you live in a house you’ll probably have more bulbs.
If you leave one bulb on every night when you go to sleep you’d waste nearly £10 a year.
Leave that one light on whilst you’re at work and you’ll waste another £10 a year.
You see where I’m going with this. But we’re all human and we all have our own reasons for being a bit rubbish and not turning them off. So how can we kick the habit?


There is loads of confususing advice floating around the web. But if you follow these three steps you’re guarenteed to save a bundle.
1. When you leave the house, do a light sweep (a quick check of the lights);
2. Before bed do another light sweep;
3. When you’re in the house aim to stick to having one bulb lit for each person in the house and see how you get on!

No one’s suggesting that you go around with a candlestick to light your path. But with money to be saved it makes sense to flick some switches.

Want to estimate in a bit more detail how much energy you’ll save?

Try out this calculator!

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  • Alex Buckman
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