When to turn your lights on and off: Top tips to maximise your electricity savings

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Saving money on household utilities this winter is a priority for thousands of Brits as energy prices continue to rise. While heating is the main concern for many households, electricity costs could also see an increase as a result of higher gas prices. As the days get shorter, more of us are turning on our lights throughout the day – but how can you use them efficiently aorund your property while saving yourself money this season?

Are electricity prices rising?

Heating costs will see a sharp increase this winter with gas supply costs having risen by 250 percent since the start of the year.

While the energy price cap promise will protect customers from taking the full brunt of increasing wholesale prices, the soaring cost of gas will have a knock-on effect elsewhere in the energy market.

As a result, these higher gas prices have pushed up electricity costs because Britain generates around one-third of its electricity supply from burning natural gas.

With a focus on greener solutions like LED light bulbs and open plan-living to attract natural light, many of us are still searching for ways to cut back on costs this winter.

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How to use LED bulbs

LED lights are known in full as a light-emitting diode which glows when a voltage is applied.

This modern bulb uses 90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, with its low running costs making it a planet and pocket saver.

The operating life of LEDs isn’t affected by being turned on and off so you should make a habit of switching them on and off as and when they are needed.

On the whole, LED lights are the most efficient lighting solution because they produce the most light with the least amount of electricity.

How much do lightbulbs cost to run?

Lighting your home is an essential part of life and while you can’t avoid it, knowing the true cost of carelessness when it comes to leaving your lights on might make you think twice.

If you were to leave 10 light bulbs on for one hour per day in your home, it could cost you:

  • An extra £17 per day for incandescent bulbs
  • £12.32 a day for halogen bulbs
  • £4.35 per day for CFL bulbs
  • £3.62 per day for LED bulbs

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