LED the way

Let’s shed a little light on electricity, and how to use less. When it comes to reducing (the first of those 3 R’s!) electricity use, and by extension, greenhouse gas emissions, the most important step is to turn those lights off except when they’re actually being use. (And if making the house look “good” means lots of lights on, maybe it’s time to rethink what “good” means!)

The second step is to reduce the electricity demand of individual light fixtures. Most of us have already replaced the old incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs; the next step along the energy-saving pathway is to start switching over to LED lighting.

When renovating a room or building new construction, standard ceiling “can” lighting can be replaced with LED cans. The bulbs are more expensive, but they last 10-40 times longer than conventional bulbs and use only a fraction of the electricity. The long life has another benefit for high ceilings: fewer times that you need to change bulbs in those difficult-to-reach locations!

The low electricity demand has yet another benefit. If you’re trying to live off of solar or an off-grid generator (when the power lines come down, something that happens often for Finley’s family!), it’s much easier to do so when you’ve switched to LED.

Want to learn more? https://learn.eartheasy.com/guid…/energy-efficient-lighting/