Sustainable Charlbury

Light Bulb Library

SusCha has helped Charlbury Waste Action Group set up a low-energy light bulb library. Because lighting accounts for about 10-15% of the average household’s electricity bill, replacing traditional light bulbs with low energy alternatives is an easy first step to reducing your carbon footprint and saving money. Low-energy light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 12 times longer.

There are a huge range of light bulbs available on the market today, with wattages ranging from the equivalent of 35W to 150W. By borrowing the library, you can try before you buy to avoid making expensive mistakes and see which light bulbs suit you best. Borrow the library for a couple of evenings and try out a range of fittings including dimmers, spotlights, candles and fittings for desk lamps and cooker hoods. You can also measure the energy used by appliances around your home using the library’s wattage and current meter.

Once you’ve chosen your light bulbs, you can order them direct through Louise Spicer who will deliver them once a week. The library is free and available now. To borrow it, or for more information, contact Louise Spicer on 01608 810745.

Liz Leffman and Mike Flanagan borrowed the library and tested it out, click here to see the results.