LED Monkey's Guide to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
A Carbon Footprint is the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) that’s released into the atmosphere due to the activities of a particular individual, organisation, or community. As such, most people are doing their best to reduce theirs using the various means available to them. These include insulating buildings to cut down on wasted heat energy, as well as investing in the most energy-efficient light sources possible, which means LED light bulbs, as you'll discover from this LED Monkey article...
So, how can LEDs help us reduce our carbon footprint?
The majority of the UK’s electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas. Already in dangerously short supply, these precious natural resources are further depleted when we burn them to generate electricity.
Also, as a bi-product of their burning, they give off a huge quantity of the CO2 the gas which is causing a hole in the Ozone Layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Therefore, when we cut down on the amount of electricity we consume, we’re actually causing less harm to the planet AND reducing our energy bills into the bargain!
One way that you can achieve this is to switch off or even dim your lights when you leave a room, however, you can maximise your savings by ensuring your light bulbs are as energy-efficient as possible.
Previously it wasn’t so simple because the old incandescent light bulbs were incredibly inefficient, but since the advent of long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs, reducing your carbon footprint and effect on the environment has never been easier.
Cutting Down Energy Consumption by Up To 90%
Here at LED Monkey, we stock only the highest quality LED Light Bulbs that have been thoroughly tested and found to produce the most energy savings for our customers.
Some of our GU10 LED light bulbs, for example, consume just 3-Watts of electricity yet are able to generate the same number of Lumens as a traditional 35-Watt incandescent bulb. That’s an energy-saving of MORE THAN 90% from a bulb that will last at least 10 times LONGER!
Therefore, if you extrapolate the savings from a single LED bulb, right up to replacing every bulb in your home with a retrofittable LED, you’ll begin to appreciate just how much it’s possible to save over the course of a year.
And, in doing this, you’ll also be contributing to the global reduction to carbon emissions. Indeed, IHS Markit, a UK company that analyses information, released a study that shows that carbon dioxide emissions were reduced by 570 million tonnes, thanks to the world-wide uptake of LED bulbs. This is an amount that’s equivalent to closing down 162 coal-fired power plants around the world!
LEDs’ Longevity Also a Factor
LED lighting also lasts a lot longer than any other light source. This helps us cut down on waste and significantly reduces our impact on the environment. Indeed, with a life-expectancy that’s around five times longer than that of a CFL and up to 20 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb, LEDs will last literally years before needing to be replaced!
The majority of high quality LED light bulbs now achieving a 50,000-hour lifespan. This means they’ll work for over 17 years if switched on for 8 hours every day!
Take a look at the table below which shows the various life expectancies of the different types of light bulb:
Type of Bulb
Expected Lifespan (In Hours)
|750 – 1500|
|2,000 – 4,000|
|8,000 – 20,000|
|20,000 – 30,000|
|35,000 – 50,000|
Unlike the glass incandescent and halogen light bulbs we’ve used in our homes for such a long time, LEDs are manufactured using 100% recyclable materials. This means they never need to end their lives in landfill sites.
Plus, LEDs contain no environmentally harmful Mercury vapour, which leaks out of broken and discarded CFL bulbs and fluorescent tubes to pollute the soil and poison our water supplies.
All these factors speak very loudly to the eco-friendliness of LED Lighting. This should be incentive enough for all environmentally conscious consumers to seriously consider switching as soon as possible!
Give Us A Call!
For further information, help and advice about reducing your carbon footprint with LED lighting, please don’t hesitate to give us a call here at LED Monkey HQ.
Our Customer Service Advisors can be reached by dialling 0800 999 7797. Or, you get in contact with us via e-mail at: email@example.com.