If you haven’t switched to super energy efficient LED lightbulbs already, what are you waiting for?!
This new generation tech really isn’t your granny’s energy efficient lightbulbs. They can work in dimmers, the light goes on straight away, and you can pick either cooler or warmer tones, depending on your preference. And they use so much less energy, you could reduce your lighting bill by up to 90%.
It’s super easy, and we’ve got a handy guide to switching to LEDs with tips on colour, wattage and fittings to get you going. If you’re not sure where to start, find the lightbulb in your house you use most, and go from there.
Once you’ve switched at home, see if you can change at work too. Maybe you could set up a fundraiser to change the lightbulbs at your local school or community centre too?
When you were a kid, did your parents always tell you off for leaving the lights on when you left a room? Why not buy them LED lightbulbs as an extra birthday pressie this year. In fact, why not give everyone an LED birthday pressie this year? It’s the gift that keeps on giving, plus they are super-easy to wrap (in their boxes…).
There’s no need to just stop at your own home and office. Check to see if your local council has switched street-lighting yet, and if not, lobby them to get on with it.
According to a Greenpeace report last year, a drive to switch homes, street lighting and offices to LED could save us more than two Hinkley nuclear plants' worth of electricity. It’s a cliché to say “if we all worked together, we could make a big difference” - but LEDs are one of the places where this is really, massively true.
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Remember, this is only one place to start cutting carbon. Don’t stop here!
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