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My Energy Journey – Week 2

By Mary Ripley on  July 27, 2017

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This week, I really made an effort to pay attention to my energy usage. To start out easy, I used the “Light Bulb Checklist” below to keep a record of the lights we have in our master bedroom and master bathroom. I also made sure to record the wattage, how many bulbs there were and how often they were used.

Master bedroom Old kWh How many Type of use Replacement
Table lamps 60 watt 4 Daily ?
Overhead fan 60 watt 4 Daily ?
Master bathroom        
Lights 60 watt 7 Daily (numerous) ?
Closet 60 watt 4 Daily (numerous) ?
Hall light 60 watt 2 Daily ?

After I made the list, it was much easier to determine which bulbs I should change. We used the lights in the master bathroom and the closet more than anywhere else, so we knew those needed replaced first.

Next, I needed to determine what type of new bulbs I wanted to use. I decided to go the least expensive route by replacing the old incandescent bulbs with the equivalent CFL (compact florescent light) bulbs. Just in case you didn’t know, 13 watt CFL bulbs are equivalent to 60 watt incandescent bulbs. I also decided to increase the bathroom lights to a higher equivalent, a 20 watt bulb, so the bathroom would be brighter.

Master bedroom Old kWh How many Type of use Replacement
Table lamps 60 watt 4 Daily 13 watt CFL
Overhead fan 60 watt 4 Daily 13 watt CFL
Master bathroom        
Lights 60 watt 7 Daily (numerous) 20 watt CFL
Closet 60 watt 4 Daily (numerous) 13 watt CFL
Hall light 60 watt 2 Daily 13 watt CFL

The cost for a 13 watt CFL bulb can be as low as $1.10. If you shop at the local big box stores, you will find walls of light bulbs to buy in bulk at a lower price! Make sure you do your homework before you go so you know what type of bulbs you want to buy. If not, you might get overwhelmed or have light bulb envy!

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If you made the decision to replace your lights with LED (light-emitting diodes) bulbs, you’re making a little bit more of an investment. The price of LEDs start around $10.00 and can last an upwards of 20 years. It’s important to spend some time doing research on the type of light bulb you need and if you are looking for a more short term or long term light bulb. Check out this article for more information about LED lights.

 

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