Project Timeline: Approximately a week
Preliminary Project Budget: Approximately $27,000
Project Description: The invention of the light has been an influential part of human history. It has guided the paths of many individuals. Technology has developed into a great force, but that means some things become obsolete. The incandescent light bulb is one of those objects that has become obsolete. After further advancement of technology, we invented the fluorescent light to replace the incandescent. This is a major step up because it saved way more energy. Now we have invented an even more energy efficient light: the LED. The most energy efficient light that “Today, for the production of single colors of light, LEDs are over ten times more efficient than filtered incandescent, and white LEDs are currently more than twice as efficient as their incandescent counterparts.” The topic may seem obvious to many people, but the issue of saving as much energy as possible still arises. The way we generate energy through fossil fuels is an issue, but by limiting our energy consumption we can reduce the amount of burned fossil fuels. When saving the environment any bit of efficiency can add up to make a big difference. This is why replacing the lights in one building, the residence hall, can make a huge difference in energy efficiency. As an example, the residence hall at UIC was using about 307 kWh. At about 2.6 cents per kWh this is equivalent to about $17,000 a year in electricity alone. I know economics is a key issue when it comes to switching to energy efficient routines, so if fluorescent lights were replaced with LED lights the price per year would be cut in half. I also understand that the main issue is the environment and it shouldn’t be about the money. Furthermore, the replacement of the lights in one building on campus can be a small step, but can help reduce the use of energy. As a result of reducing energy we use less fossil fuels and that is what benefits our environment.
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