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Starting out on the road to energy efficiency – Step 1 – Switch to LED lighting

We can all do our part in going green and it doesn’t need a huge investment to get started on the road to energy efficiency.

One of the simplest and most cost-effective measures for homes and business is to switch to LED lighting. Switching to LED lighting reduces your energy consumption therefore your electricity bills and are more ecologically friendly due to being 100% recyclable. The latest LED bulb technology can also last 10+ years meaning less time and money spent on replacements.

Some of the benefits are;

  • LED lights last much longer than incandescent or halogen bulbs (10 + years)
  • They are very energy-efficient
  • They are ecologically friendly
  • LEDs are very tough and durable
  • They have almost no UV emissions
  • They offer improved safety
  • They can work in extreme temperatures
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The cost of LED bulbs has often been the main barrier to adoption, but this has fallen dramatically over the last few years leading to more households and businesses making the switch to LED lighting.

According to Energy.gov, the widespread use of LED lighting use could have the greatest impact on energy savings in the United States. “By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.”

Save, Save, Save

We used this very handy calculator to give an example of energy, cost and CO2 emission savings;

LED price

We used a quantity of 10x 60W bulbs being used for 3 hours per day, for seven days with a cost of 15 cents per kWh to be replaced with LED bulbs costing $1.50 each

LED bulb money savings

The results are very surprising with an estimated 296kg of CO2 emissions saving in one year!

LED bulb price comparison

To see just how much you could be saving, try the calculator for yourself

https://www.thecalculatorsite.com/energy/led-savings-calculator.php

Watts and Lumens

One thing to consider before making the switch is to check the equivalent lumens rating for your new LED bulbs.

Depending on the type of bulb, there are variances in the lumens per Watts. If you are currently using a 60W standard bulb, the LED equivalent would be a 10W LED bulb as per the indicative chart below.

Lumens comparison chart
Source; https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/light-bulbs/article/five-tips-for-choosing-the-right-light-bulb-a5ZLF4v6VDlw

If you haven’t already started out on the LED road to energy efficiency why not start today? You could start with a couple of LED bulbs and replace your old bulbs as they fail, slowly working towards a 100% LED replacement.

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About FRED Energy

The initial idea for FRED Energy back in 2018 was to Fund Research into Energy Devices (FRED) as we saw the need for greater innovation in the clean energy space. As the project evolved, we began to look at the bigger picture and envisaged the solution to our future energy needs lies in new methods of energy generation, educating consumers in energy efficiency and bringing energy generation down to the consumer level.