By now, household and commercial premises owners alike are wising up to the fact that efficient lighting design is not only an exceptional way to save money, but also far kinder to our planet. Modern light emitting diodes (LEDs) are some 80 per cent more efficient than the incandescent bulbs of old, and, what's more, can last up to 15 times as long.
Hence, with an LED lighting solution installed in your home or building, repeated trips up a wonky ladder will become a thing of the past. Additionally, bulbs will disappear from your weekly shopping list – but these perks are just a drop in the proverbial ocean when it comes to the overall benefits to the planet, on a broader scale.
Saving the planet, one bulb at a time
Though energy efficiency is gradually being phased in across all electrical facets, it's a slow process, the effects of which have yet to be fully realised. However, new research has revealed that, in the long-term, it will be cheaper and more efficient to conserve energy than it is to produce it.
It will soon be cheaper and more efficient to conserve energy than it is to produce it.
The study, published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), ultimately found that it costs just 3.5 U.S. cents, per kilowatt hour saved, to fully implement worthwhile energy-saving programs. Overall, this works out to be less than it would cost to build new power plants, which, of course, can have a hugely detrimental effect on the environment.
This revelation has caused many observers to state that the cheapest fuel isn't actually a fuel at all, with energy efficiency the financially soundest option.
"The cheapest energy is the energy you don't have to produce in the first place," says ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel.
Out with the old…
It makes perfect sense, then, to replace older lightbulbs with newer, more efficient models, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED bulbs. One of the biggest reasons that such modern bulbs are more efficient than their old-fashioned counterparts is the fact that incandescent bulbs give off up to 90 per cent of their energy as heat, rather than light – an enormous waste, money that is largely being tipped down the drain. After all, we purchase bulbs to illuminate an area, not heat it!
Energy-saving lightbulbs and systems come in an enormous range of colours, types, and styles. Even though they may initially seem more expensive than regular bulbs, try to see the bigger picture – they can save you a packet of money in the long term due to their energy-saving capabilities.
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