Teaching Kids About LED Power with @GELighting

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For the past several months, I’ve made it my mission to reduce our energy costs. I’ve been targeting everything in our home that uses electricity, and we even had a home energy audit to show us exactly where our opportunities are. It was really eye-opening, and best of all, it piqued my son’s interest and now he’s always asking questions about how we can use less electricity. An unexpected, but welcome, side effect! We’re starting with simple lessons, like the life cycle cost analysis of different light bulbs, to show how we can save both energy and money each month.

But wait, let me back up a minute. About the light bulbs…

Recent lighting legislation has stated that between 2012 and 2014, all standard 40- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30% less energy to meet minimum efficient standards. It simply means that manufacturers will have to stop producing those bulbs, and that we have to find new alternatives. CFLs are a common choice because they last up to 7 years and use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. But now, LED bulbs offer the same energy efficiency with a lifespan of up to 22 years!* #LEDSavings

LED benefits:

  • Directs light more efficiently
  • Compact size
  • Resists breakage
  • Long lifespan
  • Turns on instantly
  • No infrared or UV emissions
  • 1 LED Bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, as we finish our bathroom remodel, we’re using GE energy smart® LED bulbs in our new lighting fixture. And then, as time goes on, we’ll replace the rest of our bulbs with LEDs, too. And yes, believe it or not, when we went to Walmart to look for our new bulbs, my son was actually excited to pick them out. I love that!

Find GE Smart Energy LED bulbs at Walmart! #LEDSavings

The huge array of light bulbs they had gave me a good opportunity to explain which kind we were looking for, what the difference is, and all the places we could put them in our home.

Should you be switching to LED light bulbs? #LEDSavings #cbias

I was a little concerned about how they’d look since they will be visible, but I’m happy to see that they are simple and understated without being intrusive. I don’t want my light bulbs to be the first thing people see in my new bathroom!

I love the look of our new GE Energy Smart LED bulbs. The #LEDSavings is great, too! #cbias

I’m also really excited to see that these bulbs are dimmable, too, because we plan to put them in the kitchen and dining area, and I have always wanted dimmer switches. And with only 7 watts of energy per bulb and an estimated yearly energy cost of only $.84, we can afford to install them!

Get the Kids Involved:

So, how DO you get kids interested in energy? Make it fun!

Here is a handy little quiz that you can use to spark the conversation…

Teach kids about saving energy! Fun FREE kids activity via abcsangardenpeas.com #LEDSavings #cbias

1. Who invented the first practical and safe electric lightbulb for home use? Thomas Edison

Fun fact: Edison held a total of 1,093 US patents!**

2. How many lightbulbs do you have in your home? Take a guess, then walk around your home and count. How close was your guess?

Take it one step further and guess the usage on this month’s energy bill. See how close you can guess!

3. If a single 100-watt bulb were to burn for a year, how many pounds of coal would it take to generate the electricity needed to run a single 100-watt bulb for a year? Over 1000 pounds of coal!***

4. Choose one light bulb in your home and figure out the life cycle cost analysis of a conventional bulb vs. an LED bulb. (It’s easy to explain using the GE online energy consumption calculator.)

How much could you be saving? What could you buy with that much money?

5. What does the the Energy Star® logo mean? ENERGY STAR®-qualified bulbs are the same or better than standard bulbs, only they use less energy. When you choose a GE Lighting product that has earned the ENERGY STAR® label, you can trust that it meets strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the Department of Energy.

Other items can be Energy-Star®-qualified too – look through your house and see how many you can find! Learn more here. 

THEN, Take the EnergyStar® Pledge and make a plan to lower your energy use over the next year!

To stay in-the-know about energy savings, connect with GE online:

• Facebook  • Twitter • Instagram •

Ready to get started with GE Energy Smart LED bulbs? The line offers bulbs for every part of your home, from table lamps and ceiling fans to floodlights and track/recessed lighting. You can even find decorative candelabra bulbs!

Click on the image below for a $1 coupon! (Live through 5/1/14.)

Save $1 on GE LED light bulbs.

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*Based on usage of 3 hours per day.
** Source: http://www.thomasedison.org/index.php/education/edison-patents/
***Source: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BaxqkY4b8AY?rel=0
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Comments

  1. Wow, those do last a long time. I think that using those bulbs is kind of a no-brainer!
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  2. Maria Oller says:

    We changed all our light bulbs to led a couple of years ago not only our electric bill went down but my teenager kids are eco-conscious, we taught them as kids started with small thing like unplug electronics, led light bulbs and recycle both took their lessons ad apply them everyday!

  3. I have begun to change out my bulbs in my house. It is definitely a no brainer for the energy savings you will receive. P.S. Thank you for the coupon!
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  4. What a great idea to get kids involved and teach them the importance of using LED bulbs. Perhaps they could influence their parents, too!
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  5. Great activities for getting the kids interested!
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  6. wow that is a big savings, great tips!
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  7. Only .84 cents per year?!?! That is amazing! We have slowly been making the switch too, because we try to be as earth friendly as possible! Thanks for spreading the awareness!
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  8. Thanks for the coupon, I love these light bulbs.
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  9. We are slowly switching over to all LED bulbs in our house. We have already seen our electric bill go down a bit.
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  10. I think it is so important to start giving kids great life lessons on green living an sustainability. It will help them out later in life and be such a help to the environment too. – Katy
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  11. This is really cool and to be honest, I don’t know much about LED bulbs.. so this was a neat read for me too! Thanks!
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  12. These are very interesting facts and I agree that it’s important to teach kids early on about energy use!
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  13. Thanks for the coupon. We’ve changing all of our bulbs over. I also love the quiz for the kids. I’ll have to see how much they know!
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  14. I love that incorporated a great lesson into this post! I love energy efficient light bulbs!
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  15. Love the energy activities for kids! And the energy efficient lightbulbs, I have switched almost all of mine now.

  16. Joan Cook says:

    Great post! Thank you! #client

  17. That is awesome! I love energy saving tips like this one. I also love light bulbs that can be dimmed too. I’m going to check this out.
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  18. Cool Ideas For The Kids To Get Them Involved I Need To Get These They Last Over 20 Years I Must Get Them!
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  19. I need to get some of those LEDs
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  20. I think you just taught me some good lessons, along with your kids! Thanks!
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  21. I do like the way that look and the cost is awesome,
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  22. I don’t have any of that particular kind, but I do still have some of the old school bulbs. They’re almost gone though, so I’ll be up to date soon.
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  23. What a great way to teach kids. I am going to pass this post along to my friends as well.
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  24. I did not know LED lights were available for regular home usage. This was very interesting for me.
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  25. I didn’t know that LED had so many benefits! I’m thinking that we should make the switch.
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  26. Ok, I have to say, wow! What a fantastic way to get kids to learn about energy conservation!

  27. I love that you included such a fun quiz to get kids involved learning about GE LED Energy Smart bulbs! My preschool classroom would have so much fun with this during Earth month! #client

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