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LED – High efficiency light Bulbs save you money

Many people dream of eliminating their entire electric bill by using solar panels or putting up a wind turbine, although that dream is out of their reach because of the high upfront related with an energy hog’s electric consumption. When you are energy inefficient, eliminating your energy can be associated with a very high upfront cost. Although you have the power to reduce your consumption by looking into energy efficiency there are product out there such as EarthLED high efficiency light bulbs that can reduce your consumption significantly and save you lots of money on electricity costs. LED light bulbs are very reliable, many people don’t know that the average lifetime of a LED bulb is over 10 years! Imagine just the cost savings of not having to replace a bulb for the next 10 years. LED consume only a couple watts of electricity, therefore only cost a couple dollars in electricity costs to run the entire year and their are just as bright at traditional light bulbs. The case study above shows a building that replaced 1100 light bulbs with EarthLEDs, not only did the building actually lower the temperature in the building by a couple degrees, but the amazing aspect is that they are saving 450kWh a day! Based on the cost of electricity of 10 cents per kWh and comparing it to the total cost of 1,100 EarthLEDs the building would break even within 5 years on their investment. The calculation did not include the cost of changing light bulbs or factor in energy inflation and rebates received for high efficiency light bulbs, with those variables factored in we’re looking at a break even point lower than 5 years. Why not CFLs? Well, CFLs have a lower upfront cost, although they also include mercury with is a pollutant that is bad for the environment and CFL light bulbs are not as efficient as LEDs, plus you have to replace CFL light bulbs more often. Taking those points into consideration, the LED light bulb does make more environmental and economic sense. Lighting is typically 10% of the electrical demand of a building, by using LED lights to lower your consumption first in the future you would need to buy less solar panels or wind turbines to eliminate your electricity bill. It’s always more affordable to reduce energy consumption then produce your own. Solar Panels and LED lights make a very cost effective partnership. So what do you think about LED bulbs? looking forward to your...

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Why isn’t solar power used more often?

If solar power is so great why isn’t it on every roof already? Did you know in 1980 President Regan removed perfectly working solar panels from the White House’s roof! There are many reasons why solar power hasn’t gone mainstream, besides the minimal support by the government. Purchasing solar power is a complex investment decision (it’s not easy to go solar!) Solar Power is associated with a large upfront cost There is no nationwide standard for solar power rebates Lack of Feed-in tariffs (a requirement for utilities to buy power generated through your solar power system at a premium) People are used to buying power as a service (month-to-month), consumers aren’t used to “pre-paying” for energy. Lack of information for consumers to make educated decisions Are the people who purchased solar power already eco-freaks? No way, the number one reason consumers who have bought solar power systems already is because it makes great financial sense. If you look at a solar power system in terms of an investment, the rate of return is much higher compared to a Bond, Bank C.D. or even the S&P 500 The best way to start in figuring out if solar power is right for you is to start looking at your utility bills. Figure out how much energy you are using per month…its shocking people have no idea what they are paying for, because most consumers I talk to often pay their bill without even looking at it….when buying solar power most consumers finally understands what the heck their electrical bill really...

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