Now we can see more and more places use energy saving lights. As environmental damage is increasingly on the social and political agenda, BLT Direct says that making a difference can be as easy as switching from one light bulb to another. Energy efficient bulbs may not be a new innovation but it’s surprising how many households have yet to make the change. Using an energy efficient bulb in the place of a standard light bulb reduces CO2 emissions and saves energy. In fact, if every household in the country used just one energy efficient bulb, the energy saved would be enough to light up Briton’s streetlights for a whole year.
With the industrial revolution, and population booms reaching levels higher than ever seen, humans are consuming the earth’s natural resources faster than ever. We are essentially killing our planet. There are many ways that each of us can help out and reverse this cycle, and the first steps to saving the planet begin at home. What better way to start than the use of energy saving bulbs in your home and office. These lights, also known as CFL bulbs, can drastically reduce your carbon footprint, save you money, and help save the environment as well.
There are common misconceptions that these energy savings light bulbs are expensive and don’t produce the same amount of light as standard bulbs. This however is untrue. Energy saving light bulbs last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs and can save you 45 over the bulbs lifetime. According to the Energy Saving Trust, research has also shown that the majority of people can’t tell the difference between traditional light bulbs and energy saving ones.
It is a simple fact that CFL bulbs last longer than standard incandescent bulbs, about 10x longer to be exact. CFL bulbs usually have a rated lifespan of between 6,000 and 15,000 hours, whereas standard incandescent lamps are usually manufactured to have a lifespan of 750 hours or 1,000 hours. Wouldn’t that be nice to only have to replace your energy saving lights once every 8-10 years?
Going back to our above example, if you replaced 20 incandescent light bulbs in your home with energy saving lights, you could save 13,860 pounds of harmful carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere throughout the bulb lifecycle. That’s the equivalent of taking a car off the road, and adding almost 1.5 acres of forest to the planet. Every time a light bulb in my home goes out, I am in process of replacing it with a new CFL bulb, as I feel that it is my responsibility as a member of this planet to do my part in contributing to saving the environment. In the long run, it’s going to save me a bit of money as well. It is time for each and every one of us to do our part and keep the earth a clean place for us, our children, and our grandchildren. This is the quickest and easiest way to start, so let’s all start now and get to replacing those incandescent bulbs with energy saving light bulbs.
Energy saving lights use approximately 75% less energy and last about 10x longer than standard incandescent bulbs. If you replaced 20 incandescent light bulbs in your home with energy saving lights, the cost savings would be about $1500 over the lifecycle of the energy saving lights.