Being energy efficient is hot topic. More and more families want to do their part to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. Many think that reducing your carbon footprint means going green and using 100% renewable energy. Truth is you can save money even if you cant go green with solar energy. (btw- Pogo only provides 100% renewable energy to our customers, I guess you can say that we are your Green Energy Option).
None the less, there are a lot of things you can do to reduce the amount of electricity you consume, which also help reduce the amount you pay for electricity. We aren’t talking about re-insulating your home or doing other pricey updates because let’s face it, most people can’t take on things like replacing all their home appliance or upgrading their windows (at least not all at once). The good news is, you don’t have to. Reducing your energy consumption and saving money can be done with a change that is so easy that a monkey could do it.
The change we are talking about is switching from incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient LED light bulbs. This simple switch makes a big difference, and helps you in your quest to be energy efficient and reduce your energy consumption . But we don’t want you to take our word for it. The truth of the savings is in the math, and we are here to explain that math so you can see how much money you could be saving and will save by replacing old light bulbs with LED light bulbs.
Understanding Reducing Energy Consumption
Let’s start small with replacing one typical A-10 Incandescent light bulb with a typical LED light bulb. To make things easy to keep track of, we made spiffy charts for you to reference.
For the Cost of electricity per kwh we are using $0.11 and how long the light is on per week- 70 hours (Just in case you were wondering how we came up with what we came up with.
Switching 1 Incandescent Light Bulb with 1 LED Light Bulb
By switching 1 light bulb here is the savings and math
Net savings per hour– $0.01
Net savings per week– $0.43
Net savings per month– $1.88
Net savings per year– $22.57
But let’s face it- no one replaces 1 light bulb if they are switching with the purpose of saving. So let’s do the math for replacing all the light bulbs in your home. I went from room to room in my house and counted a total of 48 light bulbs. To make the math easier, let’s round up to 50. If you were to replace 50 light bulbs, the savings becomes more impactful. Keeping the same run time, and same cost per kwh and check out what your potential savings could be!
Switching 50 Incandescent Light Bulb with LED Light Bulbs
You might be wondering how this is even possible? Let us explain. Even though an LED bulb costs considerably more than an incandescent bulb, the LED bulb lasts 15,000 hours compared to the 1,000 hours that an incandescent bulb lasts. So to put it in perspective, spending $3.50 on 15,000 hours when you purchase an LED bulb is the same as buying 15 incandescent bulbs to reach 15,000 hours, which means that you are spending $15 for the same amount of run time. When you then factor in the amount of wattage that each bulb uses, 60watts vs 9watts, the savings increases especially when you consider that this decrease is for 50 bulbs.
The truth in your energy savings
Bottom line is, switching out your incandescent light bulbs for energy saving LED Lights will not make you a millionaire, but it will save you money. When you make other changes on top of switching out light bulbs, like upgrading to Energy Efficient appliances, or switching your electric service provider and/or plan to one that you can actually understand and track your electric usage, you will see a reduction in your energy usage and reap the rewards. (by reward we mean giving less money to your electric company).