A few days ago I wrote about the huge planned increase in electricity rates over the next several years where we live.
Today, I wanted to review with you the impact that one of the tactics we are using to try and reduce our home’s electric bill is having.
The tactic: installing LED light bulbs.
In early November last fall we received a large quantity of LED light bulbs from the Home Depot to try. We ordered enough A19 and PAR20 versions to replace about half of the CFL and incandescent light bulbs already in use within our home.
But, what impact did those more expensive yet longer lasting and more energy efficient LED light bulbs have on our home’s electric bill?
Well, it has been about 2 months now so how was our home electric bill?
Well, with less daylight in December than November causing our inside lights to be on more and with our outdoor Christmas lights turned on at the start of December, one would think that our electricity usage would have increased dramatically.
In December, our electric bill showed a daily use of 21 kWh while in November we used 22 kWh.
I know, so what? Well, with a full month of those LED light bulbs for half of our interior lighting, we used less electricity in a month when one would think our electricity needs would have increased.
So, earlier this month I went out and purchased more of the 8 Watt EcoSmart PAR20 LED light bulbs from The Home Depot.
This is the LED light bulb for the home available at Home Depot stores in the USA, still not yet in Canada, which retail for around $24 each. The bulb uses only 8 watts of electricity to product the same light at an incandescent or halogen light bulb which consumes 40 watts of electricity (hence the 40 watt equivalent on the packaging above), has an estimated life of 50,000 hours, can be used indoors or outdoors, on a dimmer or not on a dimmer switch, and generates 350 lumens for a 44 lumen per watt efficiency for those into such things..
We had several places where we did not replace 50 Watt PAR20 Halogen light bulbs in the recessed lighting fixtures within the ceiling of several rooms.
Here was our master en suite which still had two of these 50 Watt PAR20 Halogen light bulbs. Now we have replaced them with two of the 8 Watt PAR20 LED’s.
And here, in our walk-in closet, we also used 50 Watt PAR20 Halogen light bulbs. Above is my side of the closet.
Now we use the 8 Watt PAR20 Halogen’s.
We did the same in our master bedroom, that being replacing the 50 Watt PAR20 Halogen light bulbs in each of the 4 recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling with the 8 Wall PAR20 LED’s.
Each of the above areas was a major lighting usage. Here in our kitchen eating area was another area where the recessed ceiling lights are on a lot.
So, once again, we replaced the existing 50 Watt PAR20 Halogen bulbs with the 8 Watt PAR20 LED light bulbs.
We also added the remaining few we purchased in one of our daughter’s bedroom.
I’ll let you know how our electric bill turns out in a couple of months and hopefully we will have a further reduction in the daily electricity use.
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