Energy saving lighting

Why use energy saving lightbulbs?

Energy saving lightbulbs use a fifth of the energy of a standard filament bulb. As they use less energy they can reduce your electricity bills and help the environment. A wide range of bulbs are available in supermarkets and DIY stores. If you contact your energy provider they may be able to supply some free of charge.

For more information, please see the Energy Saving Trust's website.

How should I deal with a broken energy saving lightbulb and dispose of it?

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) advises that you should vacate the room and ventilate for at least 15 minutes. Do not use a vacuum cleaner, but clean up using rubber gloves and aim to avoid creating airborne dust. Sweep up all particles and fragments and place in a plastic bag. Wipe the area with a damp cloth, then add that to the bag and seal it.

Mercury is a hazardous substance and energy saving lightbulbs should not be put in the bin. You can dispose of energy saving lightbulbs at local Household Waste Recycling Centres.