Start saving today with LEDs
LED bulbs can do everything old incandescent bulbs do, and more. While LED bulbs can cost a little more upfront, they create savings for you in the long run by using four times less energy and lasting up to 10 times longer.
We know that everyone’s definition of “worth it” is going to vary, especially when you consider that lighting is about 10 percent of the average residential electric bill.
Say your monthly home electric bill is typically $100. At 10 percent, the lighting portion is $10. Changing your incandescent bulbs for LED can save you, on average, 80 percent of that cost – so you could reduce your lighting cost to $2 per month from $10. In one year, you could save $96, or nearly $100.
Another way to look at it: if a homeowner replaced 17 incandescent bulbs in their home, which are illuminated for about 1,000 hours a year, this could generate savings of $170 in the first year. It would take less than two years to repay the investment of those initial 17 LED bulbs. And with LED bulbs lasting up to 10 times longer than incandescent, it’s going to be a lot longer before you need to replace them.
So, the bigger the home, and the more incandescent bulbs you’re replacing, the bigger the savings.
What to look for
Compared to just a few years ago, the range, design and quality of LED bulbs has increased significantly. Today, LED bulbs come in every shape and brightness level. You can choose from a soft light (closest in output to the yellow incandescent bulb), warm white, and a more modern super white light. When you head to the store, remember that brightness in LED is measured in lumens, not watts. LED bulb packaging will inform you what wattage the bulb compares to.
What this means for you
The bottom line is LED bulbs can initially cost a little more than traditional incandescents, however, they can provide savings by using four times less energy to deliver the same amount of light and last up to 10 times longer. So, when you need to replace your incandescent bulbs, consider upgrading to LEDs. This will ultimately save you money, by saving energy!