Save the energy


It has generally become more expensive to shop, heat your home, produce hot water and, not least, turn on the electricity. We are all doing what we can right now to shop more economically and to save electricity so that it doesn't hurt our wallets too much. That's why we've put together 8 tips to help you save a little more on electricity when lighting your home, so you don't lose out on your electricity bill!

Did you know that approximately every second person has incandescent light bulbs in their home? One of the best pieces of advice is to get an overview of your light bulbs and then replace your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. LED bulbs have low energy consumption and therefore require far less energy to heat up and produce the same light output in the room. With an LED bulb, you also have the option to choose from a range of different color temperatures and brightness levels, so you can set the right lighting and mood in a room.

In addition, LED bulbs are also a long-lasting solution as they have a lifespan of between 15,000 and up to 50,000 hours, which equates to approximately 17 years with eight hours of use every day of the year compared to incandescent bulbs, which have a lifespan of around 1,000 hours. LED bulbs are therefore a more environmentally friendly solution as they last 15 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, and in fact, you can experience savings of up to 78% percent by replacing your incandescent bulbs with LEDs, which also use 4-5 times less power than halogen bulbs. With an LED bulb, you get a more economical and energy-efficient solution with more features and a longer lifespan. What's not to love?

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To save a little extra on electricity, you can also take advantage of portable lights, which can provide you with the perfect lighting without having to worry about your electricity bill. One of the advantages of portable lights is that they are extremely energy-friendly with their low energy consumption due to the built-in rechargeable battery, which can store a lot of power, and they don't need to be connected to a power source all the time. Therefore, you can choose to charge your lights at times of the day when electricity is cheaper, so you don't have to feel guilty about leaving them on in the middle of the day or in the evening, when electricity can also be expensive.

What's more, many portable lights have a built-in dimmer function, so if you can live with a little less light, you can easily save even more money, as dimmed light is less of a drain on your battery.

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It sounds simple, but it's true nonetheless. If you take advantage of natural light during the daytime, you don't need to have many lights on. Of course, this becomes more of a challenge in winter as the days get shorter and we get less and less daylight. Here, however, you can minimize the use of your lamps and only use the absolutely necessary lighting in the few places where you need to focus; for example, at the kitchen island when you're cooking or at the desk or dining table when you're working or helping with homework. Leave all other unnecessary light sources switched off and use only the most necessary lights in the most important places.

Another great way to make the most of daylight is with solar lights! With solar lights, you can use the Earth's natural resources and charge the solar cell using sunlight via the small battery in the top. When you turn the light on in the evening, it uses the energy that has been charged in the battery during the day, so you don't need to use electricity for this light. Solar lights are therefore an extremely environmentally friendly, energy-saving and, most importantly, economical solution that doesn't show up on your electricity bill.

Solar cells are also extremely smart for outdoor lighting, as the vast majority of them turn themselves on when they sense that they are no longer being charged by the sun. That way, you don't have to worry about timers or manual switching on when it gets dark.

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Keep the lights on only in the rooms where you and your loved ones are staying and turn them off as soon as you leave. Turning off the lights is another simple but highly effective tip to minimize your electricity bill. By turning off five light bulbs around the house when you're not using them, you can save a lot of money every year! It is therefore a good habit to turn off the lights when you leave a room, as you don't always know for sure when you will return.

As a rule, smart lighting consumes more energy than classical lighting. Therefore, assess whether it makes sense for you to replace your entire lighting arsenal with grid-connected bulbs.

On the one hand, they use more power when they're on and continue to use power when they're off, as they're always using power to talk to bridge, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth - but on the other hand, investing in smart bulbs for your home's most frequently used rooms can help those who don't always remember to turn off the lights and can be more energy efficient in the long run.

The small programmable bulbs can be set to turn themselves off when you leave the property or when the sun rises - and with various optional devices, you can set up sensors to help your home turn off the lights when you don't need them. For example, a motion sensor or pressure sensor can turn off the lights when you leave a room or get into bed.

You may want to research how much power the different smart lighting solutions use and then decide for yourself if it makes sense for you and your home.

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Take an assessment of your outdoor lighting! You may have been focusing more on your indoor lighting and the changes you can make to save electricity there, but it's definitely worth taking a look at your outdoor lighting too. It's a good idea to delay turning on your outdoor lights for an hour so that they only come on when it's completely dark. You could also consider having the lights illuminate your outdoor areas for a limited period of time rather than all the time, thus saving more energy. Alternatively, you can also use outdoor lights with a sensor so that the light only comes on when it's absolutely necessary and turns off automatically when it's not needed.

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Nowadays, you can find an app for every need, so naturally you can also find an app that shows the different electricity prices hour by hour. This way, you can keep a close eye on the times when electricity is cheapest, so you can get the most out of your money. It's easy to get carried away with how much you can actually save, and finding the best times to use electricity can be a breeze.

One of the most important factors in saving electricity in the long run is the good habits you create together in your household! It is a collective responsibility when there are several people in the home to remember to save electricity by turning off the lights in a room where you are no longer staying, or making sure not to turn on the lights when you walk through a hallway or when you need to quickly get something from your room. Afterwards, give your family a reward for saving electricity month after month as a symbol of the good habits you've created and maintained together!