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The role that LEDs play in energy efficiency

The role of LEDs

If you upgrade the energy efficiency of your home you can drastically reduce your energy demands, consumption and inevitably – energy bills. You can hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by increasing energy efficiency around your home through upgrades like ceiling insulation and energy-efficient appliances, but an easy fix that could cost you $0 is an upgrade to energy-efficient LEDs.

Did you know that you can save up to 85% on your lighting bill by simply changing your halogen downlights to LEDs? Halogens use 50W of power while typical energy-efficient LEDs only use 6-7W. So, you could run 7 LED lights for the cost of 1 halogen light!

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Cost of running 20 halogens per year: $379
Cost of running 20 LEDs per year: $53*
An annual saving of $326

 

LEDs are far superior:

✅ They use 85% less energy (6w of energy compared to 35-50w from a halogen globe)
✅ They’re cheaper to run
✅ Their lifespan is around 20,000 hours, versus a halogen downlight which usually dies within a year
✅ They’re safer. Halogen downlights get very hot and are usually around 300°C, but an LED only reaches temperatures of <80°C. You eliminate hotspots and reduce fire risks.
✅ Improve the look of your light fittings and the quality of light – halogens dull over time, LEDs do not.
✅ Reduce your carbon emissions – a small change can make a big impact on the future of Australia

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The VEU program (previously called VEET) is the Victorian Energy Upgrades program and offers incentives such as rebates to Victorian residents to encourage energy efficiency upgrades in order to help the state reduce its carbon emissions. It has set a target of 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions saved by 2020. This program offers subsidised or free lighting upgrades to Victorian residents and businesses.

The HEER (home energy efficiency retrofits) method is a program launched under the NSW state government. This program offers subsidised lighting upgrades to New South Wales residents and businesses.

At Energy Makeovers we’re proud to be an accredited partner in the HEER & VEU programs and can offer Sydney residents with 20 or more halogen downlights completely FREE LEDs (with an installation fee of $59*) and Melbourne residents with 15 or more lights can have their upgrade completely free including LEDs.

And now, we’re also proud to offer CFL upgrades to LEDs (in Victoria). Even if you have had your lights upgraded from incandescent bulbs to CFLs in the last few years, you can upgrade again to LED.

CFLs were a very good replacement for incandescent lighting a few years ago, but they have now been superseded by super-efficient LED bulbs.  We can replace your CFL and incandescent lamps with LED lamps at no cost (minimum 15 lamps) under the Government’s VEU scheme even though you previously accessed this scheme to replace your incandescent lamps with CFLs.

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*Based on:  20 lamps at a 26c/kwh tariff, old lamps are 50w halogen, new lights are 7 w LED Volume of lamps, hours of operation 4 hours per day, 365 days per year. Energy cost of old lamps is $379 per year, energy cost of new lamps equals $53 p.a.

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