American Airlines parent company AMR Corp. plans to replace 1,600 lights in its parking garage with energy-efficient LED lights to save $130,000 a year.

That’s not a lot of money for one of the largest airlines in the world, but these days, every penny counts.

The switch to light-emitting diode technology is part of a program offered by Oncor. Oncor, the regulated utility that operates North Texas power lines, will give AMR $362,887 in incentives to change the lights. The incentives are part of Oncor’s Take a Load Off, Texas, program.

AMR spokesman Tim Wagner wouldn’t say how much the switch will cost the airline. He said American will recoup the investment through cost savings in 16 to 18 months.

This is a big example of how simply changing your light bulbs can save you money. Try it at home, and watch your electricity bill shrink.

You might not be able to save as much as American Airlines, but everyone needs to know that a significant amount of electricity can be saved by utilising LED Lights in place of your existing lighting technology. LED Lights may require a more substantial investment initially, but with many years of maintenance free operation and low electricity usage, pay back can usually be achieved within 2 years.


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