In recent years energy use for household lighting in Australia has rapidly increased. This is due to the construction of larger homes and the installation of more light fittings per home. Lighting now consumes between 8 and 15 per cent of the average household electricity budget.

Most homes could reduce the amount of energy they use for lighting by 50 per cent or more by making smarter lighting choices and moving to more efficient technologies.

In Australia traditional, inefficient incandescent light bulbs have been phased out. There are other more efficient types of lighting available, including light emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

The Energy Rating website has more detailed information on lighting options, as well and a light bulb buyer’s guide which includes a handy light globe conversion table to help you select the right lighting for your needs. You can also download the Light Bulb Saver App for your phone to have this information handy while you shop.

Use of natural light through windows, skylights, and light tubes, which capture daylight and pipe it into dark corners of your home, is another effective option to consider and can reduce your need for other forms of lighting.