100w Light Bulb in 2022.....

From April, a single 100w light running for a year, at price cap electricity costs, would cost you £240. Is it just me that finds this scary?
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  • k6chris
    k6chris Posts: 738 Forumite
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    edited 31 March 2022 at 1:07PM
    ed110220 said:
    k6chris said:
    From April, a single 100w light running for a year, at price cap electricity costs, would cost you £240. Is it just me that finds this scary?
    Who still uses 100 W lightbulbs? Anyone who still does for anything more than occasional use deserves a high bill given how cheap and widely available low energy alternatives are. But I seem to remember it wasn't so long ago that the energy saving bulb was a hate symbol for some.

    Totally agree, but it was a very powerful message to discuss the radical idea of not leaving lights, computers and televisions on all the time!  It's just a light bulb, after all!
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  • I remember I once left a 3kw heater on in the uninsulated garden shed over winter for a whole month.

    A "friend" took great pleasure in working out how much it cost me. At today's energy prices it would be about £650 (eek!).
  • k6chris
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    ...I suppose you could say it was a lightbulb moment.

    Illuminating....
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  • Carrot007
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    ed110220 said:
    k6chris said:
    From April, a single 100w light running for a year, at price cap electricity costs, would cost you £240. Is it just me that finds this scary?
    Who still uses 100 W lightbulbs? Anyone who still does for anything more than occasional use deserves a high bill given how cheap and widely available low energy alternatives are. But I seem to remember it wasn't so long ago that the energy saving bulb was a hate symbol for some.

    Indeed, the greatest waggage I have it probably that 1 halogon in the hall (50w?). I never use it and the only reason it exists is becuase I am too lazy to choose and put up a new fitting. Beyond that there are 2 16w leds in the loft (I think 16w, whatever was taround the 150w equivalent anyway!).
  • QrizB
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    edited 1 April 2022 at 9:56AM
    Carrot007 said:
    ed110220 said:
    k6chris said:
    From April, a single 100w light running for a year, at price cap electricity costs, would cost you £240. Is it just me that finds this scary?
    Who still uses 100 W lightbulbs? Anyone who still does for anything more than occasional use deserves a high bill given how cheap and widely available low energy alternatives are. But I seem to remember it wasn't so long ago that the energy saving bulb was a hate symbol for some.
    Indeed, the greatest waggage I have it probably that 1 halogon in the hall (50w?).
    There's a 20W in my lava lamp (it needs the heat to make it work), a 10W halogen in my bedside lamp and I think there's a 60W incandescent in the loft but it's hardly ever used.
    There are probably a couple more hanging around in rarely-used fittings, too.
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  • Magnitio
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    All of the publicity that COP26 gave to climate change and the impact it is having on millions of people across the world seemed to have little impact on people reducing energy consumption. However, increase their monthly energy bills and it's like the world is coming to an end. Will it reduce the massive amount of energy wasted on heating hot-tubs, mining bitcoins, leaving computers on 24/7 etc?
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  • k6chris
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    Magnitio said:
    All of the publicity that COP26 gave to climate change and the impact it is having on millions of people across the world seemed to have little impact on people reducing energy consumption. However, increase their monthly energy bills and it's like the world is coming to an end. Will it reduce the massive amount of energy wasted on heating hot-tubs, mining bitcoins, leaving computers on 24/7 etc?

    Really good point.  I think it will.  Climate change is far less tangible than an direct debit going up by 100%, also you as an individual have direct and measurable control over reducing your bill, not so much for global emissions.  This may be the compelling reason to act than many of us need?
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  • Pulpdiction
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    I've still got 2 100w bulbs in the cupboard unused, might be a collectors item one day...
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