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Rental property using halogen or high-energy fluorescent lights will have to switch in the near future.

The government is to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs from this September, to tackle climate change. Legislation will include the removal of fluorescent lights from shelves from September 2023.The plans also include a ban from September on the sale of lighting fixtures with fixed bulbs that can’t be replaced – meaning the fixtures have to be thrown away. The government is to ban the sale of halogen light bulbs from this September, to tackle climate change. Legislation will include the removal of fluorescent lights from shelves from September 2023.The plans also include a ban from September on the sale of lighting fixtures with fixed bulbs that can’t be replaced – meaning the fixtures have to be thrown away.

 Two thirds of bulbs sold in Britain are LED lights, making a considerable impact in improving the energy efficiency of the country’s buildings. They are said to last five times longer than traditional halogen lightbulbs and produce the same amount of light with 80% less power.

All light bulbs will carry ‘rescaled’ energy labels on their packaging simplifying the way energy efficiency is displayed on a new scale from A-G, doing away with the A+, A++ or A+++ ratings.

In addition, the government also plans to start phasing out the sale of high-energy fluorescent lightbulbs, and will end their sale from September 2023.
These changes will stop 1.26 million tonnes of carbon being emitted every year (that equals removing half a million cars from the UK’s roads.)

This energy efficiency improvement  to will save consumers an average of £75 a year on energy bills, so be sure to ask your agent to check your property is ready for these changes.Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan says: “We’re phasing out old inefficient halogen bulbs for good, so we can move more quickly to longer lasting LED bulbs, meaning less waste and a brighter and cleaner future for the UK.

“By helping ensure electrical appliances use less energy but perform just as well, we’re saving households money on their bills and helping tackle climate change