Switch to LED Today!
With about 35% of U.S. carbon emissions coming from generating electricity, significantly reducing the demand for electricity can directly help our environment.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy: "Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today's electricity prices."
The good news is that we can easily get started on making this change now. A common misconception about LED bulbs is that you should wait until your existing bulbs burn out before replacing them. But at current prices, it only takes a matter of months for a typical LED light to pay for itself, if it is used for about 4 hours a day.
Surprisingly, even though LED lights are now more affordable and can have a big impact on global warming, their use is still limited. As of 2015, 71% of U.S. homes had no LED bulbs, and in 2016, only about 12.3 % of indoor lights in the United States were LED lights. While there has been a lot of positive change in recent years, according to a study by the Department of Energy, the U.S is only on track to have LEDs make up 28% of lights installed in residences by 2020.
The idea behind Switch to LED Today! is to encourage folks to make the change sooner. In 2018, we partnered with the City of San Francisco Department of the Environment and other local organizations to help with the world's largest single LED light giveaway ever. As part of the project, we gave away LED bulbs to primarily low income children, families and seniors in neighborhood organizations, low-income housing, and schools. The Citywide giveaway program was a huge success, with anticipated savings of over $1 million for residents and an annual reduction of over 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
One Atmosphere is partnering with the SFUSD to educate kids about the environmental and financial benefits of switching to LEDs, so they can bring those lessons into their home. Our test run of that programming was a big hit in 2018, so more in class presentations are planned for the coming school year. Check out our latest handout on how LED lights can help in the fight against global warming!
Want to help make a difference in your home or workplace? Then Switch to LED Today!