Buying a home is expensive, and the cost doesn’t end with your monthly mortgage payment. There’s also the cost of operating your home. On average, an American family spends about $1,200 maintaining and operating their home each month. Out of that amount, more than $200 is spent on utilities alone, which comes out to a significant cost each year.
Obviously, the smart homeowner looks for ways to save money and cut operating costs, but money-saving decisions always need to be considered carefully from an up-front and long-reaching perspective. One such money-saving decision is opting to switch to LED lighting in your home. Although LED lighting is more expensive up front, it will save you money over the long haul. If you’re considering swapping out your traditional bulbs for LED lighting, here are three ways that LED lighting saves you money. Talk to your expert electricians in North Scottsdale, AZ to learn more!
They use a fraction of the electricity
Of course, the number one reason to switch to LED bulbs is the energy savings. On average, an incandescent bulb uses about 60 watts of electricity, while an LED bulb only uses 10 watts. So how does that break down for cost savings? Well, if you run a single incandescent bulb five hours per day for one year, the total cost would be $16. If you run an LED bulb under the same conditions, it would only cost you $6. That means that the operating cost of an LED bulb is less than 40 percent of an incandescent bulb!
They last longer
Cheaper operating costs mean nothing if you have to frequently replace the bulb, but LED bulbs beat incandescent bulbs in this category as well. The average lifespan of an incandescent bulb is 1,200 hours, while the lifespan of an LED bulb is 25,000! That means you would have to buy 20 replacement incandescent bulbs before you would have to buy even one replacement LED bulb.
They produce less heat
If you lived in a colder climate, the fact that your incandescent bulbs give off heat may be a positive. In Arizona, however, that’s not generally going to be the case. The heat that comes off an incandescent bulb is actually counterproductive to your AC’s ability to cool your home. While it may not seem like one bulb gives off that much heat, if you add up all the bulbs in your home plus how many hours they are left on each day, you’ll find that the heat they give off is significant. LED lights, on the other hand, actually give off less than half the heat of an incandescent bulb and, due to their design, they are cool to the touch.
For more energy and money saving tips like these and any other electrical service needs you may have, be sure to contact Eavenson Electric Co., your expert electricians in North Scottsdale, AZ. We are committed to providing the best electrical services in the area. To schedule your next electrical service or repair, contact us today!
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