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Free energy saving light bulb mailouts to end

Energy saving bulb scheme will end by January 2010

Line up of low energy lightbulbs

In our tests, low-energy light bulbs are turned on for 2,000 hours

Energy suppliers are to stop giving away energy saving light bulbs to meet a government target.

Under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), energy suppliers must help households improve their energy efficiency, and many have been distributing free energy-saving light bulbs to customers as a low cost step towards lowering carbon emissions.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today announced that direct mail outs of energy-saving light bulbs will be removed from the scheme from 1 January 2010 to make way for the inclusion of other energy efficient activities such as ‘Home Energy Advice’ – a scheme where energy experts visit homes to offer tailored home energy advice for individual properties.


A new Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) – also announced today – will focus on improving home energy efficiency in specific communities on a house-by-house basis.

The government estimates that 60% of the funding available under the enhanced scheme will go to low-income and elderly householders, who will receive free or substantially discounted energy saving improvements such as insulation.

Energy saving light bulbs

Energy-saving light bulbs will still be available at discounted prices at selected shops working with energy suppliers under the CERT scheme.

All light bulbs with poor energy efficiency are being phased out under an EU initiative by 2012. Which? has tested a variety of low-energy light bulbs – read our review of energy-saving light bulbs to find out brands scored the highest.

Climate change goals

DECC’s Minister of State, Joan Ruddock said: ‘Home energy efficiency has never been so important in achieving our long term goals on climate change and to making a real difference to householder’s energy bills.

‘Community-level solutions are the key to fighting climate change and the roll-out of CESP later this year will teach us valuable lessons in how to provide help to every home in every street. By providing the tools for change we are empowering the British people to play their role in tackling climate change.’

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