SavingsGrid Energy and Water Savings May Giveaway

Yesterday we announced the launch of SavingsGrid.com, a spin-off from DailyHomeRenoTips.com. SavingsGrid.com will focus exclusively on providing the support, tools and information for everyone to be successful in your own efforts to achieve real energy and water savings in your own home be it a house, apartment, cottage or condo. Well, today start the month long giveaway at SavingsGrid.com. The entry form can be found here on the SavingsGrid Introduction page. You can enter as … [Read more...]

Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #171 – Close Vents To Unused Rooms

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 171 , Close Vents in Unused Rooms. This will stop the cooled air from the central air conditioner from cooling a room you don’t use and push it to cool only those rooms that you are currently using. This will help cause the A/C to run less and thus save you money on … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #65 – Outdoor Christmas Lights Only At Night

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 65, Christmas Lights at Night Only, especially the outside Christmas lights. Who can really see them any better when they are on during the day, regardless if you have LED type of Christmas lights? In the winter, only put on your outdoor Christmas lights at night. Better, … [Read more...]

Philips Ambient 12.5 Watt LED

Philips Ambient 12.5 Watt LED Light Bulb

We have written many articles about LED lighting over the past several months or so. Recently, we received two of the new Ambient 12.5 Watt LED light bulbs in the A19 size from Philips to try. I was curious because I really liked the 8.6 Watt A19 LED light bulbs. In fact, I am a big proponent of LED lights in general for the home (house, apartment or condo) or office. LED light bulbs use far less (up to 75 or 80% less) electricity (as measured in Watts) than incandescent (i.e. the … [Read more...]

LED Light Bulbs In Garage Door Opener

Non-Recessed Ceiling Light With CFL Bulbs

Another article today about our experiences with LED light bulbs in our home. LED light bulbs as you know use much, much less electricity yet can produce the same amount of light as incandescent and halogen light bulbs. LED light bulbs are not subject to premature failure if they are used only for a few minutes at a time. Certain CFL light bulbs, like the different brands we used to use in our own house, stopped working and had to be replaced in only two to three years in the bathroom … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #53 – Always Use Task Lighting

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 53, Use Task Lighting, Always. Why use ceiling recessed lighting if you only want light to read a book? Instead, use the table lamp (containing a CFL or better yet an LED energy saving light bulb, of course). Why have the recessed ceiling lights on in the kitchen when … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #51 – Turn Off Lights When Leaving The Room

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 51, Turn Off Lights When Leaving The Room . Do you? Even if the room has only energy saving CFL or LED light bulbs, it is still a waste of electricity, and thus your money from higher electric bills, if the light is left on yet no one is in the room using that light. So, … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #50 – Turn Off Lights When Not Needed

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 50, Turn Off Lights When Not Needed . So it is very early in the morning and you turn on the light to read the morning newspaper. In a short while you notice that the sun is up providing you with a lot of light to read yet you still have your table lamp or the ceiling lights … [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...]

Using Home Depot EcoSmart PAR20 LED Light Bulb

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Two days ago, we started our review of the Home Depot's EcoSmart brand's version of the 8 Watt PAR20 LED light bulb. Today, I wanted to show you how its unique design looks installed in a recessed ceiling light fixture as well as discuss its light output. Now, remember that this LED light will produce 8 Watts (40 Watts equivalent from a halogen light bulb) or 350 Lumens of bright white light output per the package according to the package, which is 44 Lumens per Watt. As well, remember … [Read more...]

Home Depot EcoSmart PAR 20 LED Lightbulb Review

PAR 20 Light Bulb Comparison

Late in 2010, we wrote several articles on different LED lighting for the home. This included many articles on The Home Depot EcoSmart brand 9 Watt A19 LED light bulb and where we used it in our home. This also included articles on a 3 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulb sold by The Home Depot but not part of their EcoSmart line. One issue I had with this 3 Watt PAR 20 LED light bulb was that it was, well, only 3 Watts. Because it was so low wattage, it was not dimmable; then again, who would … [Read more...]

Using LED Lights In The Garage

Garage Door Opener

The past few article in this LED home lighting series has seen us write about the LED PAR 20 type of light bulb. We actually started this LED home lighting series looking at the workhorse of most home light bulbs in North America, the A19. Today we thought we would return to the A19 type of LED light bulb and see how it would work in the garage. Now, The Home Depot's A19 EcoSmart 9 Watt LED light bulb is, according to the product description, is dimmable and is for use … [Read more...]

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