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Dawn Gibson
Monday, March 24, 2014

IGNORANCE about energy-saving tactics and appliances is no longer an excuse, we are constantly being reminded via television ads, newspaper articles and radio announcements about the importance of conserving energy when and however we can — starting in your home.

To begin with — let's start with one of the most basic energies which exist in our homes — the light bulb — something which if chosen carefully, could save you energy and a lot of money on your next bill.

"With normal (incandescent) light bulbs, consumers pay more because normal bulbs waste a lot of energy to create light.

"If the consumer opts for energy-saver light, or LED light, it can help reduce your electricity bills," explained Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Premila Kumar.

"The council's findings show that if a consumer replaces 10 normal bulbs (75w) with energy-saver bulbs (14w), they save around $24.60 in their monthly electricity bill."

Mrs Kumar said with numerous bulb options out there, choosing the most energy-efficient one is important.

"Those who opt for them should check the labels for the lumens, which indicate brightness of the bulb. This information can be found on the fact label on the package.

"Understand that you need to purchase a bulb based on the needs of your home — so a lot of people prefer duller lights in the bedroom, so get LED ones with lower lumens (800 lumens) and for the kitchen area or a reading area, get LED lights with higher lumens (1100 lumens for instance)."

She said to complement the lumen number, it was wise to check Kelvin numbers also to determine the colour of your bulbs.

"The light colour of a bulb affects how you perceive the colour of your walls and furniture. The higher the number of Kelvin, the cooler the light will appear.

"So to choose the right colour for your bulbs, it is best to compare the degrees of Kelvin in a bulb."








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