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Energy Saving Bulbs and Energy Monitors Janaury 2010

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					                                ENERGY SAVING BULBS
                                 Don’t be in the dark about being green
Reduced energy consumption not only saves money but helps the environment and our planet.
Replacing traditional bulbs with Energy Saving Bulbs is a great place to start.
Are they expensive to buy?
Energy Saving (Compact Fluorescent or CFL) bulbs are becoming less expensive as they
become more popular. Sometimes costing less than their traditional equivalent. They can last
up to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs and consume 70% less in electricity. So it doesn’t
take long for them to become a money saving purchase.
Are they bright enough and will I be happy with the light they give off?
There are Energy Saving Bulbs with wattage equivalent to         Traditional   Energy Saving
traditional bulbs from 15 to 125 watt as illustrated in the         Bulb           Bulb
table on the right.                                               15 watt          5 watt

Manufacturers have made improvements on the quality of            25 watt          7 watt
light produced, and will continue to do so. Some stores           40 watt          9 watt
have bulbs lit up on display, so you can judge for yourself
before making your mind up.                                       60 watt         11 watt
                                                                  75 watt         15 watt
Can you get the right fittings and are they bulky?
                                                                  100 watt        20 watt
All fittings are available to replace traditional bulbs. There
are many shapes and sizes available so there is no need           125 watt        25 watt

Do they take a long time to warm up?
Most modern Energy Saving Bulbs only take a few seconds to warm up to full brightness. They
use the same efficient technology as fluorescent lights hence the short delay.

Can I still buy traditional bulbs?
Yes, but the ranges available will slowly diminish over the next few years. Manufacturers are
voluntarily phasing them out in a gradual process.

What do I do with used Energy Saving Bulbs?
You can dispose of them at your local Civic Amenity Site. Further information can be found at
www.im-recycling.com/amenitysites.

Where can I purchase Energy Saving Bulbs?
The MEA has a new range of Bell Energy Saving Bulbs available in all 5 stores around the
Island. They have a wide selection of shapes, sizes, fittings and wattages. Staff will be happy to
help you make your choice what to buy. So you don’t have to go far to start saving energy.

                     Save Energy, Save Money, Save the Environment
     Office Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday
     Tel: (01624) 687687 or Fax: (01624) 687612 or Home Energy Officer 687643
     www.manxelectricity.com or E-mail us at mea@gov.im
     Write to us at Manx Electricity Authority, PO Box 177, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM99 1PS
                                                                                      January 2010
                                     ENERGY MONITORS

Energy Monitors are useful devices to help you understand your
home’s electricity use.

They look similar to a digital alarm clock. They comprise of a
transmitter in the vicinity of your electricity meter and a receiver
(the actual monitor display) placed in a convenient position in
your home.

How would I benefit by having one?
If you are wasting energy, you are wasting money. They enable you to see if you are leaving
something on that could be turned off. You can monitor sharp rises that may indicate faulty
appliances.

How much do they cost?
They cost between £30 and £40 pounds, and a few pence a week to run.

Are they as accurate as an electricity meter?
No, they are specifically designed to highlight areas of usage (and more importantly wastage).
Your electricity meter will accurately show your accumulated electricity units.

Can I install one myself?
Energy monitors are easily installed, and do not require you to carry out any electrical wiring.
However, it is to be used in and around the electricity supply to your property. If you have any
doubt about how to install it safely consult a qualified electrician. Similarly, if you notice anything
unusual about your electricity supply, such as loose wires, exposed cabling, burn marks or holes
in the insulating materials, damage to your meter, then stop immediately and consult the MEA.

I live in a flat, can I use a monitor?
Energy monitors receive information by radio link, up to 30 metres range, but can be affected by
walls interrupting the signal. As they work in ‘real time’, loss of signal can mean reduced accu-
Can they be used to monitor a three-phase electricity supply?
Depending on the make, generally yes. You may have to purchase extra transmitters.

Can I have more than one monitor?
Yes, again depending on the make and model, having more than one monitor can be beneficial.

Where can I purchase one, and get further advice?
All MEA showrooms carry “Current Cost” energy monitors. Call into your local branch where staff
will be happy to advise on the suitability of an energy monitor for your home.

                     Save Energy, Save Money, Save the Environment
     Office Hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday
     Tel: (01624) 687687 or Fax: (01624) 687612 or Home Energy Officer 687643
     www.manxelectricity.com or E-mail us at mea@gov.im
     Write to us at Manx Electricity Authority, PO Box 177, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM99 1PS
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