Are you still using traditional incandescent lightbulbs in your home? By simply replacing the five bulbs you use the most with light emitting diodes (LEDs), you could save up to $75 a year. Plus, lighting technology has improved over the years with greater options to fit your needs and increased affordability.
While LEDs may have a higher upfront cost than you are accustomed to, they quickly pay for themselves through reduced energy use and longer lifespan. Compared to an incandescent bulb, LEDs use up to 80% less electricity and last up to 25 times as long.
Modern energy-efficient bulbs also include options for the full spectrum of color and brightness, so you can save money without sacrificing the light you love. Plus, LEDs emit less heat, are more environmentally friendly, and can be used in areas incandescent lights can’t.
Smart lighting is a new technology that is gaining popularity. It allows an internet-connected LED bulb to be customized, scheduled, and controlled remotely, typically on a mobile device. You can turn lights on or off, dim them, or change the color from anywhere – whether you’re in bed or out of town.
Smart lighting can also provide some energy savings, as dimmed LEDs can use significantly less power. You may also find you do a better job of keeping the lights off when they’re not in use.
So next time you turn on your lights, think about how you can help brighten your energy bill.