It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the many environmental areas of opportunity. It’s also easy to feel that you as an individual, a couple or a family can’t really make that much of a difference—but if everyone felt that way we would get nowhere. One of the small but often underestimated changes you can make is swapping out your light bulbs.
It’s About More Than Just Energy Efficiency
Switching from halogen to LED light bulbs improves energy efficiency by using about 4 times less energy—which can result in several hundreds of dollars per year depending on your local energy costs. However, it’s about more than just energy efficiency as the production process for halogen lights creates carbon emissions—but not the production process for LED lights.
Your New Light Bulbs Will Cost More
Incandescent bulbs are still on the market as well as halogens and the price point of LEDs is much higher than both. However, standard bulbs will last 1 to 2 years, while an LED will last 15 to 20 years—so you will pay more up front but less in the long run.
What To Do With Your Old Light Bulbs
The goal of green living is to reduce waste so if you already have a stockpile of light bulbs you don’t want to waste them. If you don’t have that many remaining, cycle through them until they are gone. If you have more than a few you can donate them or use them for DIY arts and crafts.
Try not to feel overwhelmed by all that needs to be done to save our environment. Just make one small green change at a time and rest assured that it does make a difference.