Learn about Meera Tandon’s role as an Energy Program Manager and how she helps make New York City’s power grid run more efficiently by asking questions and following opportunities.
Generally more expensive than other lighting options, LEDs save money because they use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting and last a minimum of 15,000 hours, or 15 years based on average household use. That life span is about 15 times longer than incandescent lighting, and about two times longer than CFLs (compact fluorescents).
In the past, we looked at the number of watts listed on the package (60w light bulb) to tell us how bright the bulb would glow. With LEDs, we look for lumens. Lumens tell us how much light a bulb emits - the higher the number, the brighter the bulb.
Switching to LEDs is just one example of how we can reduce our energy use. This video showcases one woman’s career as an Energy Program Manager and how she works with local businesses to educate them on how to conserve energy.
This video provides an example of a green career and how one campaign led to a reduction in energy use.
The watt (W) is a unit of electrical power, which is the rate at which an appliance or device uses energy.