How You Can Affect Climate Change as an Individual by Switching to LED Lighting

In 2004, the movie The Day After Tomorrow depicted a catastrophic turn of events for the planet: a rise in sea temperature provoked a chain reaction which saw a tsunami devastating New York, temperatures plummeting and the biggest snow storm mankind had ever witnessed.

Film critics generally commented on the “ludicrous” scenario at the time. While it may have seemed slightly far-fetched a decade ago, there is now a consensus among scientists that climate change is happening more quickly than anticipated and that we could be on the brink of an ecological and human catastrophe.

Ecosystems are interdependent, so when one is damaged, others will be affected: the rise in sea temperatures can destroy food supply for larger animals and lead to species extinctions, as well as melting ice, reducing hunting grounds for polar bears.

From a purely climatic point of view, the premise of The Day After Tomorrow isn’t as ridiculous as it was painted to be. A couple of degrees may seem insignificant, but it is very much about the last straw breaking the camel’s back. Take the jet stream for example. A corridor of thermal winds, it regulates climate in many areas of the world without which living conditions would be incredibly harsher and agriculture impossible. It is caused by the difference of temperature between cold and warm air: should this difference diminish, the jet stream would slow down, possibly stop and millions of lives would be changed forever – and this is not a science-fiction scenario, a slow-down has already been witnessed.

It is well known that it is already too late to reverse the effects of climate change, and the best we can hope for it to stop it. However, it would need to be a global effort which the world doesn’t seem to have much appetite for.

As an individual, you may feel that there isn’t much you can do and that your efforts will amount to not much more than clearing the debris of an earthquake with a dustpan, but it isn’t so.

The C2ES, the Center for Climate Energy and Solutions is a well-respected think tank in the US. In its paper on lighting efficiency, it draws attention to the fact that lighting is the second biggest consumer of energy in residential buildings and accounts for 11% of energy use. This is no small figure. And considering that LEDs use 75 to 80% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, you can see how switching could have an impact not only on your bills, but also on energy consumption worldwide.

Furthermore, a study for the US Department of Energy in 2008 showed that, for the US only, using LEDs could save the equivalent of the energy output of 27 coal power plants. So multiply this globally and you can see what a difference you can make.

Chinese philosopher Lao Tse-Tung famously said “The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.”, so take yours and contact us today to place an order and switch to LED Lighting.

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