It seems like the words “energy efficiency” are on everyone’s lips recently. Well, it’s for a good reason! The whole process of going green or becoming more efficient revolves around helping you cut down on ever-increasing utility bills, and all around most changes help the environment, too. So, what’s holding you back from making the switch?
For most homeowners, it’s not knowing where to start, or being afraid that the investment will take tons of time or money. But that’s not always the case. Sure, there are whole-home green renovations that represent a considerable investment. But there are simpler solutions, too: energy-efficient lighting.
In essence, an energy-efficient bulb or light type is one that simply uses less power than a standard incandescent bulb. A few light types have earned this distinction, such as CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs, but it is LED bulbs that get the most attention.
An LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is a semiconductor capped in plastic—not technically a bulb. It’s simpler just to call them a bulb, and the more important point is that they are far and away the most efficient lighting currently. These lights operate at roughly a tenth of the wattage requirements of a standard bulb. They also outlive standard bulbs by years, with a rough average lifespan of a decade.
So they use less energy and they last longer. What does that actually mean, and are the benefits really worth incorporating new lighting all throughout the home? Here are the benefits you stand to gain:
Envisioning a long, drawn-out, and expensive project? You can rest easy. Even with complex electrical replacements you can change your home over to more efficient lighting in the course of a few days, if that. Options like recessed lighting, new overhead and lamp installation, and LED outdoor lights are all low-cost projects that not only leave you with a more efficient home, but can also give your space the facelift you’ve been itching for.
Ready to bring your home into the energy-efficient future? Contact the expert contractors and master electricians at Goudie Electric for LED retrofits in Southern Maryland!