Save Money, Save The Earth – Go LED!

By   April 5, 2015

Green technology infoToday, if you haven’t heard about environmental issues like air pollution, global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, then you must have been under a rock. Everywhere you turn these days, there is somebody talking about how our natural resources are in danger. So the push is on to go green by cutting back, doing without and recycling.

Light Up And Save The World Too

One of the biggest things we can do is with our light bulbs. In our homes, in our offices and workplaces, there is a drive to start using LED light bulbs. LED stands for light emitting diodes and is a technology that is affordable to use and will save you money in the long run too. Who doesn’t want to cut back on their electric bill, right?

Simple Facts About This Bright Solution

LED bulbs are a compact fluorescent bulb that is spiral-shaped. They are as good, even better by some accounts, than compact fluorescent bulbs the incandescent. With a lifespan of 50,000 hours, they have to be replaced less often than the other two types of bulbs.

The lifespan of incandescent comes is approximately 1,200 hours and the will burn up to 60 watts to put out 60 watts of light. A CFL (compact fluorescent bulb) uses approximately 15 watts to light up 60 watt brightness.

So how much better are these spiral shaped bulbs? An LED bulb will cost you less than $35 annually because it uses only 8 watts or less to get that same 60 watt brightness. An incandescent bulb can cost you over $300 per year and the CFL can cost over $75 per year. Not only are the savings evident with LED lights, but the impact on the environment is substantial as well.

How Does Mother Earth Benefit?

Studies have shown that 30 incandescent bulbs put out 4500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. While CFL lighting puts out just a little over 1000 pounds per year, the LED bulbs are even less. The carbon dioxide emission from LEDS is just over 450 pounds annually. How can they do that and still provide us light?

CFL and incandescent bulbs burn hotter than LED bulbs and the heat from them generate energy consumption that discharges carbon dioxide, nuclear waste and sulfur oxide into the air that we breathe. CFL also contain mercury, another threat to the environment and our health. Both the incandescent and LED bulbs don’t contain any mercury. So while the facts speak in support of LED bulbs over the other type of bulbs, the initial expense of the bulbs (they are more expensive) will provide a savings over the long run.