If you are looking for a fast and effective way to reduce your electricity bill, swapping your old bulbs for LEDs is well worth doing. On average, around 10% of your electric bill relates to running the lighting in your home. So, anything you can do to reduce the amount of electricity used to power your lights is clearly going to save you a lot of money.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to switch to LEDs. You will be pleasantly surprised by just how much money you will save.
LEDs consume less electricity
Typically, LEDs consume only 10% of the energy that incandescent bulbs do. With compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) the difference is not as much but is still very significant. LEDs consume around half of the electric that CFLs do.
In a room where the lights are only on for a few hours of the day, switching to LEDs will only save you a few cents every day. But, if, for security reasons, you have your outside lights on all night, switching those over to light emitting diode bulbs is clearly worthwhile doing. The sooner you do this, the better.
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Your air-conditioning will not need to work so hard
There is another way that switching to LEDs could reduce your power bills. Most people have changed a bulb only to find that it is too warm to be able to handle comfortably. Old-fashioned incandescent bulbs get hot and CFLs do too. They throw off a lot of heat.
All of that heat is escaping into the room, which means that your air-conditioning has to work harder. Naturally, it has to consume more power to keep your rooms at the right temperature. The impact is relatively small, but, over time, getting rid of this by-product heat costs you a fair amount of money.
The amount you save will increase
You also need to bear in mind that electricity prices are going to continue to rise. So, over time, all of these saving will add up to an ever-increasing amount of money.
LEDs last around 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs do. They also last longer than halogens, 25 times longer. For CFLs, it is between 8 and 10 times longer. You will usually have to pay more to buy a LED bulb, but it will keep working for 11 years, even if you leave it on for 12 hours every day. So, you will actually end up spending far less on new bulbs.
Plus, LEDs are good for the environment. Provided they are used and disposed of properly their carbon footprint is far lower than it is for other types of bulbs.