Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #179 – Turn Off Lights During Hottest Part of Day

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 179 , Turn Off Lights During Hottest Part of Day. this idea was suggested by one of our recent contest participants. Light bulbs generate heat, especially the non-energy saving bulbs. Why heat the house even more during the hottest part of the day when your air conditioner … [Read more...]

Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #176 – Use Less Lights

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 176 , Use Less Lights for Less Generated Heat. This air conditioning cost saving tip is really useful for those light bulbs in your home that are not CFL or energy saving. The ‘old fashioned’ incandescent type of light bulb can really generate a lot of heat. It is … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #48 – Use Table Lamps vs Ceiling Lights

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 48, Use Table Lamps vs Ceiling Lights. Using fewer light bulbs to meet the same need usually results in less electricity being used. Additionally, when trying to read typically the closer one is to the light source the brighter the light emitted onto the page and thus … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #343 – Heating – Replace Natural Gas Outdoor Lamps

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 343, Replace Outdoor Natural Gas Lamps with CFL’s. Some homes (although none in my area) use natural gas to get a real flame in their outdoor lamps. Natural gas is a non-renewable energy resource and, while much less than coal, does generate polluting emissions into the … [Read more...]

Where To Use PAR 20 LED Lightbulbs in the Bathroom

Bathroom Mirror 5 Light Fixture Set

Over the past several weeks we have been reviewing different uses of PAR 20 LED light bulbs in the ceiling of: Bathroom Bedrooms Potty Rooms Today I wanted to show you another area of the bathroom where we ended up using several of these extremely low wattage energy saving and therefore money saving LED light bulbs from The Home Depot. Now, here is a picture of the mirror in our shared bathroom. Notice the set of 5 light outlets directly above the mirror. For three years … [Read more...]

Cutting Energy Costs: Small Changes Do Matter, Part 1

electricity graph

In 2005 it became imperative that I get our household expenses in hand. We live in Texas, where the deregulation of the electricity market was supposed to be a good thing. It has been -- for the energy companies. At the time my personal campaign started, we were paying, on average, about .31 cents per kWh. You see, the price of juice down here can vary daily, a fact most people don’t realize. I’m writing this in January 2010 when we’re currently paying .13 cents per kWh, just a penny … [Read more...]

Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights – 1 Year Later

Noma Solar Outdoor Christmas Lights 002

Yesterday I wrote about non-energy conservation related tasks we did to prepare our home for the winter, including placing the stakes in the garden to hold our solar powered outdoor Christmas lights. Last year, the artice we wrote about the new solar outdoor lights we used outside our home received a lot of comments, both good and bad, about others' experiences with the same product. In fact, I had installed a pair of the clear mini-lights outdoor sets on the handrail of our backyard … [Read more...]

Reno Projects

DreamScreens Installed French Doors

We write about our many home renovation and energy conservation efforts as well as new products or services we try. In many cases our efforts results in five or more articles which constitute a project, with one article leading to the next. Find the project(s) of interest below and select the link to its first article. We continually add more projects as we work on them in our home. Energy Conservation: And, remember to amble over to SavingsGrid.com, with hundreds of money saving … [Read more...]

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