My shopping list has plenty of 'household' on it and as time's gone on it's been lovely to see how everything has become more considerate and thoughtful of the impact it has on the Earth.
When I was young I used to trek miles to buy Eco-friendly products from independent shops, but as people have become more aware and understanding over the past 20 years the products I used to pay a fortune for - when I could find them - are now everyday. Eco-friendly options are available in supermarkets eveywhere. And dare I say it, they actually work a lot better now too....
One of the most news reported changes that's affected everyone is the simple light bulb. My first 'low energy' light bulb cost me £15 as opposed to 25p for a standard bulb. Everyone could see it made total sense, but the outlay was massive. Thankfully nowadays if you want eco-friendly lightbulbs then you have a far easier and cheaper task.
We rarely used our kitchen ceiling lights because we have 9 spotlights up there which were ancient. You could practically hear the dial on the meter spinning round when you switched them on. It's been a standing joke in our house that we use them for birthdays, Christmas and embroidery only....
I was given the opportunity to review Lightbulbs.co.uk and I realised this was really an ideal time to change my spotlights for the lower energy Halogen Spot Lights (currently £1.99 each).
These Halogen Spot Lights use 35 watts of energy to give an equivalent to 50 watts with an old-style incandescent bulb, and last around 2000 hours, whereas the old bulbs were only expected to last half that.
We also chose a replacement bulb for my bedside light costing £9.99. This is an LED bulb, and it really is the future. It works in an entirely different way to incandescent bulbs and my 3.5 watt bulb gives the equivalent light to 25 watts and has an expected lifespan of a stunning 25,000 hours.
Rather than passing electricity through a filament to make it glow, LED's work by movement of electrons within a semi-conductor material. There's no filament to eventually burn through and no wasted energy forming heat and escaping into the air. They're far more economical both financially and with the planet's resources.
All of the bulbs arrived safe and sound and we're pleased with them. The LED light is slightly whiter than my previous light, and the kitchen bulbs are so much brighter than the old ones that the room is really amazingly light with them on now.
Lightbulbs.co.uk sell bulbs in any size and shape you can imagine and stock all of the big brands. One of the things that impressed me most of all was the easy navigation around the site despite my having hardly any prior knowledge about bulbs. I was able to find what I needed very quickly.
I was sent my bulbs for review. Prices start at under £1 per bulb and orders over £15 have free UK postage.