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Energy Efficient Light Bulbs.

Fight Climate Change and Learn More About Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Choosing energy efficient light bulbs is one of the easiest ways of cutting your energy use. They use up to 80 percent less electricity than a standard bulb but produce the same amount of light so they save money and energy. By saving energy you�ll be helping to fight climate change too.

There is a proposal for a voluntary phasing out of traditional bulbs between now and 2011. This will give manufacturers and retailers enough time to develop additional products that will take their place.

How they work.

Traditional bulbs waste a lot of their energy by turning the vast majority of it into heat rather than light. Energy Saving Recommended bulbs work in the same way as fluorescent lights; an electric current passes through gas in a tube, making the tube′s coating glow brightly. This means that they use far less energy and are cool to the touch.

There are now a wide variety of fittings, shapes and sizes of energy saving bulbs available and even halogen, �soft tone� and dimmable bulbs.  They are no longer bulky or oddly shaped and you are no longer restricted to a cold harsh light

Energy saving light bulbs use a fifth to a quarter of the electricity of ordinary bulbs to generate the same amount of light. So where you′d normally use a 100W bulb, you′ll only need a 20-25W energy saving recommended equivalent.

You can even buy low energy light fittings which will only take low energy light bulbs. These use a ballast or transformer fitted into the base of the light fitting. This controls the electricity to the bulb, and allows for a small surge of power for a millisecond to light the bulb and then reducing the electricity flow to a very low level.

Low energy fittings require a pin based energy saving bulb. This is a different fitting to a conventional bulb but will ensure that the bulbs you buy in future will always save energy, money and the environment.

The savings.

Energy saving light bulbs last around 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs and can save you up to £7 per year in electricity (and 26 kilograms of CO2 ) or £60 over the bulbs lifetime. If you replaced all the bulbs in your house with energy saving bulbs, you could save a total of around £600 over the life of the bulbs.

The average cost of an energy saving bulbs is now only around £3.00 so you�ll easily recoup any extra outlay within a year.

How the savings add up.

If every home installed one energy saving light bulb the CO2 emissions saved would fill more than 1 million double decker buses. And if each household installed just three energy saving bulbs, it would save enough energy to run the country′s street lights for a year.

And if you are still using traditional bulbs remember to switch them of every time you leave a room unoccupied. In the UK alone we waste an incredible £140 million a year by leaving lights on unnecessarily.

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