LEDs Help Reduce the UK's Demand for Energy
Just as a long journey begins with a single footstep, replacing one conventional light bulb with an LED could set the planet on a voyage toward environmental salvation. Sound a bit grand? Read this LED Monkey blog and discover why it really isn’t!
The Long Road Toward Zero Carbon Emissions
Installing a single energy-efficient LED light bulb in your home might seem like a futile gesture when you think about the magnitude of reducing the carbon emissions that are currently overheating the planet.
But if everyone in the UK chose LEDs over traditionally used light sources like incandescent bulbs, a considerable dent could be made in the nation’s energy demand.
Studies have shown that making everyday products like light bulbs more efficient has already begun to bring about changes; more so than even renewable energy in cutting CO2 emissions!
Energy Demand at a 25-Year Low
However, the renewable energy sources shown in the infographic below are seemingly more newsworthy and, as such, command the greatest number of column inches, whereas the field of energy-efficiency is often ignored or derided.
But the truth is out there for all to see, and websites such as Carbon Brief cite low energy bulbs like LEDs as being amongst the causes of the UK’s electricity generation in 2018 falling to its lowest level in a quarter of a century.
LED lights and bulbs consume around 90% less energy than the incandescents and halogens that we’ve traditionally used in our homes, and in light of the UK ban on many forms of these light sources, the country is having to turn en masse to the much more eco-friendly option.
Obviously, a great and all-encompassing switch to a light source that requires less energy will have an impact on the demand for that commodity, but by how much have carbon emissions really been reduced?
Energy Efficiency vs Renewable
It’s widely accepted that the huge swing away from coal power to renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydroelectric has helped the UK achieve its ambitions to cut carbon emissions.
Indeed, the use of renewable energy sources has reduced fossil fuel energy consumption by the equivalent of 95 terawatt hours (TWh) since 2005, and in 2018, renewables accounted for an unprecedented 33% share of the UK’s electricity generation.
However, almost unnoticed, the take-up of energy efficient products like LEDs has contributed to the reduction in energy demand of 103 TWh which means that, in the CO2 emission-cutting stakes, energy-efficiency is winning hands down!
How Much Can You Save by Switching to LED?
Switching to LED lighting isn’t just beneficial to the environment either. For example, if you have, say 15 x 40W incandescent light bulbs in your home and they’re switched on for 6 hours every day for a year, you’ll be paying £234.00 p/a for lighting alone.
However, switching to 15 x 4W LEDs which generate exactly the same number of lumens, you’ll spend just £24.00 a year if they're lit for the same length of time, making an annual saving of over £200.00!
LEDs also last a lot longer, which means they need to be replaced far less often…and they’re manufactured using 100% recyclable materials, which is yet another plus point in terms of carbon reduction.
Give Us a Ring!
Switching to low energy LED lighting is as simple as changing a light bulb, but if you’d like to discuss it, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at LED Monkey HQ. The number to ring is 0800 999 7797 or you can contact us via e-mail at: email@example.com if you’d prefer.
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