Well i have made a few more steps towards saving energy. This week i bought a case of them squirly compact flourescent mercury poison bulbs (i am not entirely convinced i love or hate them). I replaced all of the bulbs in my house that took standard bulbs, which ended up being 12 bulbs. A quick calculation took me from about 1000 watts of lightbulbs down to 300 watts of bulbs. There are a couple of rooms in my house that are nototious for having the lightbulb left on 24/7. The laundry room and the storage room downstairs are lit everytime i happen to visit them, so hopefully the change will make a difference in these locations.
I am also building a theater room at the moment and it has some unique lighting in it. I have 8 pot lights which came with ultrabright little halogen bulbs and also 8 wall sconces which had some quirky little bulbs in them. I had to make a decision whether to keep these lights on energy expensive bulbs which i could operate on a dimmer or else upgrade them to LED bulbs for about $100. I have decided to go with the LED bulbs even though they have quite an expense to the bulb and i cant use dimmers on them, the reason being that they throw no heat. This was a concern as the ceiling is insulated and also covered with insulated ceiling tiles so extra heat would just build up and pose a potential fire hazard.
Once the lighting was upgraded, I also applied several cans of insulating foam to the sill of the foundation of my house. Only 2 of the 4 walls readily took the foam into them, the other 2 were solid wood on the sill so i insulated them with pink fiberglass instead. There should be a huge difference from this insulation as i could feel the cold draft from outside coming in while i was spraying the foam in.
Not sure what other steps i am going to take, perhaps i will wait a bit and see. I still waste a ton of electricity with my hottub, 3 computers, 3 tvs, countless wall chargers throughout the house, etc. I will take a month and then perhaps make some more improvements.
Robert May is the broker and owner of Rainbow Realty of Lethbridge Alberta. He is also a licensed mortgage associate and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta. He has been in the real estate industry since 1993 and offers full MLS real estate services to Lethbridge and surrounding area, as well as mortgage financing, refinancing/renewals, preapprovals, and home equity financing to Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. He can be found online at www.LethbridgeLoans.com
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Robert W May is a Real Estate Broker in Lethbridge Alberta, having now been in the industry for over 23 years. . He was also a licensed Lethbridge mortgage broker and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta for the past 10 years. He is an industry leader always willing to help train and educate others in how to improve their business models for financial and personal benefit.