With energy bills increasing over the years, we know how stressful and expensive it can be. Which is why in this week’s blog we’ll be discussing ways you can make simple changes to make significant savings to your energy bills.

1. Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Research has proved energy efficient light bulbs are effective and efficient.

With technology constantly evolving, low energy light bulbs are well developed to the point where you’re able to make consistent savings without compromising with the quality of lighting from standard halogen bulbs. But with various energy saving light bulbs in the market, it can get very confusing when deciding which one you should purchase. That is why we have created a short guide to help you pick the best energy efficient light bulbs…

Halogen Incandescent

Halogen incandescent light bulbs have a capsule inside which holds gas around a filament to increase bulb efficiency. Halogen light bulbs meet the minimum energy efficiency standard, making them a perfect alternative to your traditional incandescent light bulbs.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL)

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curled versions of long tube fluorescent lights you may have already used. CFLs uses around one-fourth of energy and lasts ten times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb which puts out the same amount of light.

Lighting Emitting Diodes (LED)

Lighting emitting diodes (LEDs) have become the most efficient source of lighting available, using up to 90% less energy than incandescent lighting and 60% less than fluorescent lighting. LED lighting is a type of solid-state lighting – semiconductors converting electricity into light.

LED light bulbs tend to expensive when switching from your traditional incandescent light bulbs, they are still very cost efficient in the long run as they are very durable and require low energy usage.

 

2. Passive Infrared Sensors (PIR)

Installing a PIR within a room which isn’t in constant use is relatively inexpensive. Sensors detect the level of ambient light in a room. This means when the room is filled with natural day light, the light switch will remain off. When the room is dark and movement is detected, the light will switch on. By limiting the amount of light within your household or business can be very cost efficient.

 

3. Voltage Optimisation Transformer

A voltage optimisation transformer reduces the voltage entering the building by inducing voltage in the opposite direction, which also reduces the current. In fact, office appliances work perfectly fine with a lower voltage as studies by The Carbon Trust have found you can save 5% on your total energy consumption.

With energy bills constantly rising, it’s a great idea to implement changes to be energy efficient. Not only is it better for the environment, but you will notice a reduction within your energy bills. Here at Project Skills Solutions our engineer’s are fully trained and qualified. That means they’re able to survey your home or business and inform you of the various ways you can be energy efficient. Get in touch today and find out how you can save money with being energy efficient.

 

4. Reducing Your Carbon FootprintAn image of a girl walking with her calves and trainer's visible.

Reducing your carbon footprint is beneficial to you and the environment. But before you attempt to reduce your carbon footprint, let’s define what it is. The dictionary definition of a carbon footprint is “the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation or community”.

 

5. Conserving Energy

The amount of energy used within a your home or business can account for up to 50% of a carbon’s footprint. By simply implementing small changes within your business can help reduce the amount of energy used. This can be achieved by encouraging all employees to switch off lights and electrical equipment at the end of the working day.

 

6. Recycle Your Waste

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Recycling is an easy way to boost your environmental performance. Implementing recycling bins within your home or business can help encourage others to recycle too. You’ll also be helping reduce the environmental impact of your business and not to mention it’s also cost effective too!

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