Special thanks to NC Green Travel for this information.
A hidden cost that may not be considered by some businesses is the labor cost for replacing lightbulbs. One NC GreenTravel recognized member, Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, did a time study about bulb replacement as they converted to energy-efficient lighting. The Inn discovered that in changing 200 lightbulbs monthly, it took 20 minutes to replace each bulb. That is 4,000 minutes in labor cost, equaling about $5,800 annually. The annual energy cost for the LEDs is $33, compared to more than $328 for standard 60-watt incandescent bulbs. The longer life of LEDs will more than pay for the cost of energy and labor to replace standard bulbs.
For information about going green a step at a time, or for assistance with calculating your savings by going green, contact ECU Center for Sustainability Partnership Coordinator Kamara Jones at (252) 737-4312, or NC GreenTravel Initiative Manager Tom Rhodes at (919) 707-8140.
Learn more about the NC Green Travel Initiative here.