Homeowners have a big investment in their homes. Anything that they can do to make it better is always welcome. But sometimes big improvements simply are not in the budget. So what can the average homeowner do to improve their home, make their life easier without busting the budget? One such project involves replacing the old fashion incandescent and halogen light bulbs with modern Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps.
Incandescent bulbs while cheap to purchase cost much more to operate, have a very short life span and radiate heat. Halogen bulbs while more energy efficient also emit dangerous levels of heat that can burn skin or start fires with direct contact. CFL bulbs while cheap to operate are difficult to dispose of and contain dangerous gases.
The chart below illustrates both the reduction of cost to operate and the life expectancy of each of the various options available to homeowners.
While LED bulbs can cost as much as 10 times the cost of incandescent or CFL bulbs the reduced operating costs and life expectancy not only provide a payback period of fewer than 6 years, the LED will last many years beyond the payback period saving money over the life of the unit. In addition, the extended life of the LED means that you no longer have to go to the store to buy more bulbs, get out the ladder to change the bulb and look for a place to discard the old bulb. In fact replacing an old style bulb with an LED may be the last time you will ever have to replace that bulb.
Since every homeowner eventually sells their house replacing old style bulbs with modern LED bulbs can become a selling point by making the home more energy efficient and lower in maintenance. You can even brag to your friends how you are helping to save the planet.
The best part about this project is that any homeowner, no matter their skill set can change a light bulb.
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Originally published at: From The Outside Looking In a real estate blog offering the latest tips and opinions.