Welcome back to turn it off. I’ve decided to kick off the blog by posting some important information about energy conservation in terms of lighting and lightbulbs. Conserving energy is quickly becoming a bigger and bigger issue, and there’s no better place to start than at home. So here are some common questions and answers about energy saving bulbs.
Many people begin the discussion by strongly arguing that light bulbs that save energy are redundant because in order to make, more energy needs to be used than if normal bulbs were being made. This is true. Let’s not shy away from this. But it is not correct to say that because of this saver bulbs are not, in the long run, more efficient. What is saved over the lifetime of the bulb is much greater than the energy used in its creation.
What usually happens next is that despite this, people will still shy away from them as they immediately assume that the bulbs won’t be as bright as your average or standard bulb. Again, this is not true either. They are many available that are just as bright as any. You just have to spend some time finding these and picking them out.
Naturally, i’m often next asked not just about certain bulbs, but best practices in terms of conserving. I find that a lot of people are none the wiser over whether its more efficient to leave a light on, or repeatedly turn it on and off. They have no clue which of the two would save more.
Apparently, turning a bulb on takes up a similar amount of power than it would if you left it on for a few minutes. So if you are in the house for a while, and your contemplating whether to leave a light on or off, I guess it depends on how much time you intend to spend in that room.
To round this all up I want to mention the best way to go about purchasing and initialling light fittings in your own home, and the most efficient way to go about this. A lot of homes, especially in kitchens and bathrooms have multiple lights fitted across ceiling, rather than one in the middle of it. I strongly recommend you don’t do this if you’re looking to cut down on your energy emission. Another option, although it may be expensive is installing a type that is built in such a way that lights the entire room. What about a glass or crystal chandelier for instance. This is a great example.
I hope you liked this first post. I know its not a masterpiece but hopefully the quality of my writing will improve with time.