Issue 19-58 Energy-Saving Lights

April 4, 2019

Almost 9 out of 10 (86%) British Columbian households reported using at least one type of energy-saving light in 2017. This rate has remained relatively unchanged over the last decade (87% in 2007) and was two percentage points below the proportion for the nation as a whole (88%). In 2017, households in Ontario (91%) were the most likely to use at least one type of energy-saving light, while those in New Brunswick (79%) were least likely.

The types of energy-saving lights chosen by B.C. households are changing. For example, the proportion of households in the province reporting the use of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and fluorescent tubes is on the decline. In 2017, 55% of households reported using CFLs, down from 71% in 2007, while 31% of households reported using fluorescent tubes, down from 53%. Similarly, the use of halogen lights decreased from 36% in 2007 to 27% in 2017. On the other hand, the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which are among the most energy-efficient lights available to consumers, has continued to rise, with 51% of B.C. households using one in 2017, up from 36% in 2015 and just 12% in 2009.

Data Source: Statistics Canada