How to Reduce Your Electric Bill By Replacing Incandescent Bulbs

How to Reduce Your Electric Bill By Replacing Incandescent Bulbs

One of the easiest ways to reduce your electric bill is by replacing your old, inefficient incandescent light bulbs with new, more energy-efficient LED bulbs. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make the switch and start saving money.

Why Replace Incandescent Bulbs?

Incandescent bulbs are extremely inefficient - 90% of the energy they consume generates heat, not light. This wastes a lot of electricity.

On the other hand, LED bulbs use 75-80% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Replacing all the incandescent bulbs in your home with LEDs can reduce your lighting electricity costs by 75% or more.

Here are some key advantages of LED bulbs over incandescent bulbs:

Determine Which Bulbs to Replace First

When replacing incandescent bulbs, prioritize the ones that are used most frequently and for longest durations. This will maximize electricity savings.

The best bulbs to replace first are:

Also check lamp and fixture compatibility before purchasing replacement bulbs to ensure the new LED bulbs will physically fit and work properly.

Calculate Cost Savings

Before replacing bulbs, take note of the wattage of existing incandescent bulbs and calculate potential cost savings.

For example, replacing a 60W bulb that's used 5 hours per day with a 9W LED bulb will save:

(60W - 9W) x 5 hours x 365 days x $0.12 per kWh 
= 51W x 1825 hrs x $0.12 
= $110/year

At this rate, the LED bulb pays for itself in less than a year and will keep saving money year after year with its 25+ year lifespan.

Purchase Quality LED Bulbs

Important factors to consider when purchasing replacement LED bulbs:

Avoid extremely cheap LED bulbs as they often use low quality components that don't last. Paying a couple dollars more per bulb will be worth it in the long run.

Install the New LED Bulbs

Installation is simple:

  1. Turn off power to the light fixture at the switch or breaker panel.
  2. Remove the old incandescent bulb.
  3. Insert the new LED bulb, ensuring it is seated properly.
  4. Turn power back on and test that the new bulb works.

Take care not to touch the LED bulb glass as oil from skin can cause hot spots and shorten its lifespan. Use a tissue instead.

If the fixture has a dimmer switch, use LED bulbs specifically designed to work with dimmers. Also replace any high wattage halogen floodlights with equivalent LED flood bulbs.

Finally, make sure to dispose of old bulbs properly as they contain mercury - take them to hazardous waste recycling.

Start Saving Money!

That's it! With all your inefficient incandescent bulbs replaced, you can now relax and enjoy immediate savings on your electric bill month after month while also reducing environmental impact.

The longer you use your long lasting LED bulbs, the more savings will accumulate. You'll also avoid the hassle of frequent bulb replacements.

Converting fully to LED lighting is one of the fastest and most effective ways to reduce home energy costs today. The payback period is very short compared to many other home efficiency upgrades. Plus it's easy and inexpensive to do yourself.