Earth Day and LEDs Role Reducing Energy Waste
April 22nd is Earth Day, which is a great opportunity to educate our citizens, young and old, on the green technologies available to them. Different green technologies can reduce environmental footprints and energy usage, and create a more sustainable world for everyone.
LED lighting technology plays a part in reducing energy waste.
LEDs have the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States. A highly efficient lighting technology, LEDs are versatile in application and use at least 80% less energy than incandescent lighting.
According to the US Department of Energy, widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in our country. By 2027, the use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (terawatt-hours) when compared to no LED use at all.
These savings are equivalent to the annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants and represent a total savings of more than $30 billion! It’s fascinating that one small change, like replacing a light bulb, could have such a major impact.
LED lighting is very different when compared to compact fluorescents (CFL) and incandescent bulbs.
LEDs Environmental Benefits
-Use less wattage – a typical 84-watt fluorescent can be replaced by a 36-watt LED providing the same level of illumination. Less energy use reduces the demand from power plants and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.
-Last longer than any florescent bulb available (up to 10 years in a new fixture!)
-Have no mercury content leading to a reduction in toxic chemicals deposited into our landfills.
-While incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80%, LEDs emit very little heat and run significantly cooler, helping to reduce the energy used in lighting and cooling.
LED Lighting Applications
LED bulbs are highly efficient and cost effective, making them ideal for a variety of applications. They are commonly found in:
-Industrial settings such as warehouses, garages, and factories.
-Outdoor spaces like street lights, parking garages, and walk ways.
-Commercial areas such as restaurants, office buildings, and hotels.
-Residential areas like recessed down lights, kitchen cabinet lighting, and even decorative wall sconces and task lighting.
-Easily made to retrofit any existing fixture, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, or even 75-watt incandescent bulbs with a more energy efficient and cost friendly option.
What Difference Can You Make for Earth Day 2017?
This Earth Day, consider what little changes you can make to reduce your energy footprint. Take a look at our affordable, environmentally friendly LED lighting solutions for any industry, including manufacturing facilities, restaurants, hotels, and homes. All EarthBulb lamps sold provide over 80% in energy savings and with a wide array of both functional and decorative options available, we make the choice to switch from inefficient CFLs to energy-saving LEDs an easy one.
Get involved with the Earth Day Campaign!
Earth Day coordinators have launched Earth Day and Teach-In toolkits that lay out how to hold a successful education event within your community. Click here to learn more.