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Study on energy saving light bulbs

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Nine in ten UK households (88 per cent) now buy energy saving CFL light bulbs, according to a European-wide survey of consumer light bulb purchasing habits.

Of these UK households purchasing CFL light bulbs, the majority (87 per cent) said the main reason was due to their energy and cost saving benefits.

The survey findings of 5,000 consumers across 12 European nations put the UK in the top five in Europe for adopting energy saving CFL light bulbs – above the European average of 78 per cent. Italy topped the European nations, with 96 per cent always or often purchasing energy saving CFL light bulbs.

However, the survey found the UK trails behind other European nations for LED light bulb purchases, with a third of households (33 per cent) now buying LEDs. Spain knocked the UK off the top five, with the nation now sitting in the middle of the European league table for LED purchases. 70 per cent of UK households purchased LED light bulbs due to the cost and energy savings.

Figures from the Energy Saving Trust show the UK could save as much as £1.4 billion on electricity bills a year through households replacing all the remaining traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs in their homes with energy-saving light bulbs (CFLs and LED spots) – around £50 saving on energy bills per household per year.

The 4.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide saved from this would be enough to fill Wembley more than 550 times over.

The latest survey findings and figures are helping to inform the PremiumLight project, a European-wide initiative that is testing the quality of energy saving light bulbs to help support consumers in their purchasing decisions.

Find tables with numbers for several EU Member States here.