If you live in southern California, you are likely searching for ways to increase your home’s sustainability. Unfortunately, most of us cannot afford the switch to sustainable appliances–let alone a comprehensive sustainability renovation. Luckily, a simple solution exists for those looking to cut costs and their carbon footprint. It’s not new, and it’s not particularly innovative, but making the switch to LED bulbs is the easiest way to accomplish sustainability goals.
Switching to LED light bulbs offers significant energy savings over incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent bulbs. On average, LED lights consume 80% less energy when compared with standard incandescent bulbs–that huge percentage difference quickly translates to dollars in your pocket. To that end, though LED lights require a larger up-front cost, they last up to 50,000 hours–around 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen bulb. If used 12 hours every day, an LED bulb will last more than 11 years. Over time, your energy savings will make up for the initial expense.
LED light bulbs are also more sustainable. With fewer necessary replacements and a reduced energy requirement, they utilize fewer resources than their halogen and incandescent counterparts. The carbon footprint of a person or household is directly related to the amount of electricity consumed. Estimates suggest that nearly half of our carbon footprint is due to electricity, while around a quarter is due to lighting alone. In decreasing the energy necessary to light your home, you significantly minimize your carbon footprint.
If you want an easy, low-cost, and fast way to make your southern California home more sustainable, switching to LED lighting is an excellent option. Bulbs are available for almost any purpose and in any shape, and new models offer dimming ability and softer, warmer light.