How do we stop global warming?
Basically, through endless everyday small steps us and big initiatives by our governments.
The world’s nations need to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions a lot — by 40 to 70 percent by mid-century. And even that wouldn’t stop all global warming. It’s a monumental challenge, but we can start chipping away at it now in how we light our homes.
As much as we’ve read lately about power plants switching over from coal to natural gas, it is still not accomplished, nor anytime soon. We read the headlines and think it is going to be done the next day, not even close.
Coal still generates a majority of the world’s electricity. China alone consumes more coal than all the other countries combined. Electricity generated from coal is cheap because what we pay for it, both directly for our daily personal living and indirectly for manufactured goods. Its price does not fully reflect the total cost to society, its missing two key components: both the environmental and health impacts of CO2 and particulate matter in our air.
Climate change (previous inaccurately referred to as global warming) can be overwhelming, but let’s not let the challenge paralyze us from making even the small effort every day to reduce electricity consumption. Not taking any action, is not a viable solution.
Green Blizzard has written plenty of articles about the merits of LED bulbs, compared to CFL and those fading energy hogs – incandescent bulbs. Consumers are finally now more rapidly installing LEDs into table lamps and recessed lighting fixtures around their homes and offices. The early issues with these new devices around insufficient lumens, unpopular light color, and longevity, have all been addressed and is old news. These bulbs are the future now – why wait any longer? Economically, cost-savings-wise, it is been proven to toss those incandescents out NOW! Don’t wait until they burnout, unscrew and unceremoniously toss them into the waste bin now!
The one area of bulbs that is now coming into its own now are the specialty, candelabra decorative lights. Ironically, these are typically the lights that are used quite extensively in our homes in high use areas; over the kitchen table, over dining room table, above the vanities, in the wall sconces in hallways, even outdoors. These decorative workhorses in many cases are STILL the gulping down electricity, and casting off unnecessary inefficient heat.
An exciting new crop of decorative bulbs are on the shelves – all with single-digit wattage ratings (typically 5W), favorable color warm temperatures 2700K, and last practically a lifetime for 25,000 hours.
If you change these out now, it will be ages before that chore comes up again!
Cost Saving Economics
Assume that you have a six bulb chandelier over your table, burning six 40W bulbs, that’s 240W cranking, whereas by slipping in these new LED decorative candelabra bulbs at 5W each, that’s only 30W. That’s about a 90% reduction in electricity use.
Over the spec’s life of the bulb, 25,000 hours that’s xxx W saved, and at 14 cents/watt, all inclusive including taxes and surcharges, that’s XX saved
From a personal carbon footprint, CO2 avoided perspective, that’s about XX pounds of CO2 emissions avoided that would tax Mother Earth and take her decades to clean out of its system.
Green Blizzard has done a little research and suggests these types of replacement bulbs that you can order online. Or, you can now find these in both the neighbor hardware or the big box hardware stores
Consider These candelabra decorative LED bulbs from $10-$15 each. You’ll recover your upfront cost with on-going electricity cost savings and realize break-even in few short months.