The question that is asked the most this time of year is “How Can I Save Money On My Electric Bill.”
Fall has arrived, and winter will soon be upon us. And we begin to prepare for winter. We start looking for ways to save as many dollars as we can through the winter.
We insulate, caulk and seal up as many cracks and holes that we can to conserve energy. Cutting costs on our utility bills. Did you know that upgrading your old light bulbs to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) is the easiest way to conserve energy and save money?
What is Going Green?
By going green, you can save about a $100 the first year, $110 the second, and $125 the third. It pays to invest in LEDs, or you can continue to pay the roller coasting rates of electric rates.
People who own older homes can take advantage of installing LEDs to make their home more appealing to prospective buyers.
And reflecting a positive impact on the environment by decreasing their carbon footprint. And demonstrating modern amenities that buyers look for when shopping for a new home. Making the home more sustainable and increasing property values.
If you’re not sure where to start, you can contact your local utility company for help. Or you can contact a local contractor who’s affiliated with the National Home Remodeling Association. And who is certified for these building standards conducted by a third party (Innovated Reseach Labs) that affiliates with NGBS.
Experts agree that if it’s more than just replacing a light bulb, you should consider hiring a licensed electrician. Choose an electrician who has prior experience with the installation of LEDs. Though it’s not anything, any electrician can’t figure out but does require a learning curve on the part of the electrician.
LED technology does involve knowledge of LED drivers that control electrical current regulate power to the Light emitting diodes. Another perk is if you choose an electrician with prior experience, he can make suggestions for the best light bulbs for specific lighting applications.
You Don’t Have To Be A Big Corporation To Start
For instance, kitchen lights are a great place to start. If you have can lights or recessed lighting. Maybe you would like to have the area under your cabinets illuminated. Led lighting strips would make an excellent choice. The LED lighting strips that are programmed to change color. You can get as creative as you want. You can use motion sensor LEDs inside the cabinets or drawers. Giving your kitchen a distinctive feel and look.
The price of LED light bulbs has decreased roughly about 20% each year since 2012. LEDs are more affordable than ever before.
LEDs work exceptionally well in living rooms, hallways, dining rooms, and bedrooms. You can light up your spaces with LED equivalent wattage.
For example, you can install a LED that has a 60-watt equivalent but only uses 10 watts. Refer to the Lumen output on the side of the box to determine brightness. (A lumen is the scientific measurement of light emitted from the bulb. The higher the lumen, the higher the light).
Incandescent light bulbs emit 300-900 light lumens
Compact Fluorescent light bulbs emit 300-900 light lumens
Light Emitting Diodes emit 1,000-1,300 light lumens
Choose the desired color temperature. Warm white, (2700K) comparable to a traditional incandescent. Warm white works well in your bedroom or living areas.
Or cool white, (3000-4000K) similar to office lighting. Use cool white for cooking in the kitchen.
Bright white (4000-6000K) for flooding outside spaces. The light used for security spotlights or walkways and driveways.
Another aspect to consider is CR factor or color rendering. Color rendering of light refers to light that is as close to natural light emitted from the sun. The CR factor element of lighting is if you want a lamp that lets colors pop.
Examples of color rendering lighting would be used in Art Galleries, grocery stores, and Hospitals. Color rendering of CR90+ brings to life skin tones and produce and colors.
Now that you've chosen the LED light bulb or tube light you want to use. There is another benefit to consider when upgrading to LEDs.
The average incandescent lasts about 1,200 hours and a compact fluorescent about 10,000 hours. LEDs have a lifespan of 50,000 hours per bulb. Replacing your burned out light bulbs using Light emitting diodes (LEDs) is a win situation.
So by not choosing to replace your old incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, you would have to replace them forty-two times. And a CFL would have to be replaced five times, and a LED just one time.
Your energy savings for a year using LEDs would cost you about $85.00-$86.00 dollars a year. Keeping your traditional bulbs would cost you about $353.00 a year. And a CFL would run about $89.00 a year.
The Secrets To the Goal
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, requires manufacturers to phase out non-efficient light bulbs. Over the past several years traditional incandescent is phasing out and will be eliminated. The goal was to create a light bulb that uses less energy.
Soon non-efficient light bulbs won't be found in home improvement stores. And now home improvement centers are directing consumers to LEDs because they are the best choice for lighting. And CFLs being the next option.
As time goes by the cost of LED technology becomes better the price will drop even more as manufacturers develop LED technology. And savvy consumers will make the right decisions on which light bulb works for them.
I hope you found this article illuminating!
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