B&Q and British Gas launch first light bulb amnesty

B&Q has announced the first nationwide light bulb amnesty in partnership with British Gas.

From Friday 31 October, anyone who takes a traditional light bulb to any B&Q store in England, Scotland and Wales will receive two energy saving bulbs to replace it, helping customers to reduce both their carbon footprint and electricity bills.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, 15% of the electricity used in the average home is for lighting. By changing just one standard bulb to an energy saving bulb you can save £3 per year and 11kg of CO2. By replacing all the standard bulbs in your home with energy saving bulbs, the saving amounts to around £45 a year.

“Standard bulbs last for between 1,000 and 1,500 hours – about a year,” said Euan Sutherland, B&Q Chief Executive. “Energy saving bulbs can last up to 15,000 hours, that’s over ten years of saving you money as well as reducing the amount of energy you use.”

Mr Sutherland continued: “As part of our commitment to One Planet Living we are dedicated to helping customers make their homes as energy efficient as possible. We hope this light bulb amnesty will encourage people to make the small changes to their homes that are good for their pockets and good for the planet.”

The light bulb amnesty will run in B&Q stores from Friday 31 October until Sunday 2 November. The bulbs that are traded in will be recycled by the store.

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