We all like to save money when we can. It helps us to be able to enjoy a few little treats and feel more secure about our futures.
Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can reduce how much you spend on running your home. One of which is switching from traditional bulbs to the LED type, like the ones that are available here. As you will see, when you read on, the amount you will save by making this change is very significant.
How much cheaper are LEDs to run?
There is some debate about the running costs of LEDs when compared to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or the incandescent ones. The statistics vary a little from study to study.
However, we know for sure that LEDs consume between 80 and 90% less power than incandescent bulbs do. Plus, they use around 50% less electricity than CFLs do. So, by using LEDs you get the same light levels and end up with a far smaller electric bill.
Over the course of a year, that works out at a significant amount of money. Ten percent of a typical family´s electric bill is made up of the power used for lighting. So, for every £100 you spend on electric £10 of that goes towards running your lights. When you switch from incandescent bulbs to LEDs, that £10 drops to about £1.
Plus, families that have outside lights that are on all nightstand to save even more. This type of lighting tends to consume quite a bit of power. So, if you do decide to make the switch, it makes sense to start by replacing those bulbs first. There are a few other things you can do to reduce your outdoor lighting costs by even more, details of which are easy to find online.
Other ways you end up saving by switching to LEDs
There are also a couple of other ways using LED bulbs instead of the more traditional types can save you money. Firstly, incandescent and CFL bulbs emit heat as well as light. This has the effect of warming the room up slightly. If you use fans or air-conditioning, they will have to work harder to keep the room cool. LEDs give out virtually no heat, so this is not an issue when you use these types of bulbs.
LED bulbs last far longer
Unfortunately, LED bulbs cost more to buy. However, this is changing quite quickly. The prices are falling rapidly.
But, the fact that they have a long lifespan and you use so much less power means that the extra cost of buying them is easily covered. LEDs last 50 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs do. A fact that means that, over time, you will save quite a bit of extra money by using LED lighting.
So, if you are looking for a quick and easy way to cut your household bills, why not give switching to LED lighting a go. You have not got to do it all at once. Just switch over a couple of fixtures at a time. If you start with the ones that are turned on the most, you will maximize the amount you save, over time. Plus, doing it gradually means you do not put your existing bulbs in the bin until it is absolutely necessary to do so. This is a less wasteful approach than switching everything over at once. It is also good for the environment.