How LED Lights Can Save Your Household (a lot) Of Money

Does it feel like your electricity bill keeps climbing higher and higher? You’re not alone!

Australian houses are becoming more and more power hungry. The energy consumption of the average Australian household increased by 14% between 2000 and 2011, with electricity accounting for a quarter of this growth. At the same time that Australian households were switching on more and more appliances and lights, the price of electricity was rising significantly. Between 2007 and 2012, electricity prices rose by 40% across Australia. These figures confirm what most of us already know: Australians are paying more and more for electricity and household budgets are coming under increasing pressure. Thankfully, there are many ways to reduce your power bill – such as making small changes to your habits and switching to Martec LED lighting.

There are many small ways to reduce your power bill. Every day you can take simple steps like switching off appliances at the wall, turning off lights when you leave a room, and having shorter showers. The next step up is to make a small investment by replacing your halogen lights with LED lights.

Switching to long-life, energy efficient LED downlights will significantly reduce your home’s power bill and bulb replacement costs. While some people may already know this, the extent of the savings is often underestimated. To see just how much LED lighting can save a home like yours, let’s look at the average Australian home.

The Average Aussie Home

According to the 2011 census, most Australians live in free-standing, three bedroom homes as part of a family unit comprising of a couple and several children. We’ve taken this hypothetical home and fitted it out with LED lights from Martec’s extensive range to provide the ideal lighting for each type of room. We estimated how many lights would be in each room and how long our hypothetical family would use them for.

In the table below, you can see how much each room would save – and the overall saving of an estimated $499.18 a year!

Number of Lights

Hours Per Day

Product Used

Halogens Replaced Over Lifespan of LED

Total Savings Per Year

Kitchen

6

4

Shadowline 16W 5000K

12.5

$162

Lounge

4

4

Genesis 10W 3000K

12.5

$74.57

Dining Room

3

2

Genesis 10W 3000K

12.5

$27.96

Bedroom1

4

3

Wafer 12W 3000K

12.5

$55.93

Bedroom2

4

3

Wafer 12W 3000K

12.5

$55.93

Bedroom3

4

3

Wafer 12W 3000K

12.5

$55.93

Bathroom

2

2

Infinity 12W 3000K

12.5

$12.86

Hall

3

4

Shadowline 14W 5000K

17.86

$54.00

TOTAL SAVINGS PER YEAR

$499.18

TOTAL SAVINGS OVER LED LIFE
(AVG 15 YEARS)

$7487.70

Please note: data is based on estimated time-in-use for lights.

The savings will, of course, vary from home to home. The Martec Saving Calculator can provide you with an estimate of how much your home could save by making the switch – give it a go today!