Save Money by Switching to Energy-efficient LED Bulbs
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How many homeowners does it take to change a light bulb? Just one – and it could save you hundreds of dollars.
If you’re like most people, you probably have a bunch of old incandescent bulbs around the house. According to the EPA, the average American household has 50 light sockets, about 60% of which still contain a standard light bulb. Maybe you’re waiting until they burn out to replace them with a more energy-efficient option, which makes sense – 50 light bulbs is a lot to buy at once.
But what if spending the extra money on an energy-efficient bulb would actually save you money? Just how much energy do they really save, anyway? Is it really worth the effort?
To find out, we asked the home maintenance experts at Hippo Home Care to shed some light on the subject.
The dedicated team of highly-trained Home Pros provide preventive home wellness services, everything from changing smoke detector batteries to replacing HVAC filters to cleaning dryer vents, as well as identifying potential issues like leaky pipes. They also change thousands of light bulbs a week. Here’s what they had to say about making the switch.
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The Bright History of the Standard Bulb
And why not? As a light source, incandescent bulbs are great. But have you ever accidentally touched a light bulb after it’s been on for a while? Incandescent bulbs get pretty hot, which is not only a safety hazard, it’s a sign that they’re wasting a lot of extra energy in the form of heat.
Fortunately, technology has advanced quite a bit in the last century and a half, and modern alternatives are not only more energy-efficient, they’re budget-friendly too. LED bulbs consume far less energy, costing much less to run than their incandescent counterparts. And the fact that they don’t heat up like incandescent bulbs means they last longer, so you don’t have to replace them as often. In fact, while incandescent bulbs usually last about 1,000 hours, or about a year of normal use, LED bulbs last 25 times as long. That’s about 25 years of use from a single bulb.
Some Light Math
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Plus, all that extra heat puts a strain on your cooling systems, which may compensate by turning on the air conditioning. Running the AC more frequently could increase your bill from an average of $1.50 a day to around $3.50 a day. Over the course of a year, that bill would increase from $547.50 to $1,277.50.