Use this as a guide to assist you in managing your electricity more efficiently and assist both the country and the planet with your savings.

Lighting

You will save energy, money and eye strain by lighting your home properly. Follow these guidelines:

  • Fluorescent lamps give five times the light and last up to 10 times as long as ordinary bulbs.
  • The wattage of a lamp is not a measure of the amount of light it gives, but rather the energy it uses. For instance, a 100 watt lamp gives 50% more light than four 25 watt lamps.
  • Fluorescent lighting is more economical - Watt for Watt than incandescent lamps. They use less energy and can last about 10 times longer.
  • Fluorescent lamps also come in variations that are more efficient than the normal type.  The so-called “T5” lamps are very thin and in combination with electronic control gear saves 50% on normal fluorescent lighting consumption.
  • Never confine lighting to one part of the room. Avoid heavy contrast by using lamp shades that direct light both up and down.
  • Try not to install multiple lights (lamps or lighting fixtures) on a single switch. Above all, turn lights off whenever possible because, they use electricity while they burn.
  • Clean your lamps, because dirt decreases the amount of light given out.
  • Dimming switches allow you to regulate the light level and reduce electricity consumption to some extent.
  • Use lampshades with a white liner. Liners should be sufficiently dense to hide the lamp but should transmit soft, even light.
  • Use low energy lamps for exterior lighting.

 

 

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