Changing your bulbs to LEDs is an easy and quick way to reduce energy consumption and save money without additional purchases or infrastructure. That’s why it’s one of the first things we did here at Mountain Burger!
LED bulbs are not only for the environment but for your wallet too. Light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are the most energy-efficient bulbs according to the U.S. Department of Energy. They use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. That saves energy, waste, and money!
LEDs can be standard white or yellow hues or they can come in different colors, like strip lights in college dorm rooms or some of the holiday lights strung in trees or on houses. LEDs can be used for overhead, cabinetry, and any kind of lighting you might need.
LEDs are more efficient because they emit light in a specific direction rather than needing reflectors and diffusers. They also emit very little heat, whereas their incandescent counterparts release 80% of their energy as heat, making LEDs more energy efficient. Learn more about LED basics here.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for 15% of a home's electricity usage, and switching to LEDs saves about $225 a year for the average household. LEDs may be more expensive upfront, but they’ll save you money in the long run.
Switching to LEDs is so important that the International Energy Agency (IEA) has a goal of the global lighting market switching to 100% LED by 2025 as part of their larger goal towards net zero. Learn more about the LED goal here as part of the larger goal called “Technology and Innovation Pathways for Zero-carbon-ready Buildings by 2030” which can be found here!