We are "good", but my goal is to be even better. I want to be ranked as "Darn Good". Super Fine would be nice, too.
Each month I look forward to opening the bill, and seeing how we did, and until I find another Autumn hobby this will do. Overall, we are heading in the right direction.
Today, I installed three more LED light bulbs in the living room. Last week I installed six, three in the bathroom, and three more in the kitchen.
Cripes, I'm "puttering" and I'm far from being retired, but to me, this is a contest; a contest between me, and the National Grid.
|Cree brand lightbulbs have had excellent reviews in 2013. |
They are available at Home Depot.
Now, one major aggravation with the curly-Q CFL bulbs has been their shape -shades don't rest on them very well. The manufacturers realized this after a million complaints, and stuck the curly-Q's into a glass shell resembling an incandescent light bulb. That worked great, however, the CFL bulbs continue to have a nasty habit of powering up brightly, and within a few seconds, they dim down. This trait aggravated Mary to no end, and I had little to offer in their defense as I tried to change out all our incandescents in the house. The CFL's are also non-dimmable, with a dimmer switch, as well, and if there is any interference to their circuit, they will flicker. After all, they are fluorescent.
LED light bulbs are the way to go, but until recently, they just cost too much money despite the fact that One LED bulb will last 22-25 years. Today, they cost anywhere from $8.00 for a 60 watt warm white bulb to $13.00 to a 60 watt bright white bulb. That is much better. You would spend $25.00 over 25 years replacing one incandescent bulb, and spend a boat load more on the electricity it consumed.
There are three way LED bulbs available, but the price is exorbitant, and all the LED bulbs can be operated with a dimmer.
I have about a dozen and a half CFL's with years left in them. If you want them, cheap, let me know.
This is the time of year for thinking on energy conservation, and also the time of year I think that they will someday find me frozen to my couch, remote in hand, if I don't continue to make some wise energy decisions today.
When I look at our electricity consumption for the year thus far, and at our oil consumption for the year so far, of only 489 gallons, I can't help but smile. 445 of those gallons were with the old boiler up until this past spring.
In 2012 we switched to an on demand electric hot water system for our domestic use, and left the boiler for just heating water for the steam to heat our house. This past spring we replaced that boiler with a new, more efficient one. I won't know just how much of an improvement it has made until the spring, but I will watch it closely on the way to April.
Next year we will insulate this 150 year old house beyond the two inches of cellulose we found in the attic. We are going to put some R-value in the walls! All in all, this old house has actually done quite well keeping warm considering it isn't even wearing a coat. This fall, I had Custom Insulation, of Worcester, come out, and reevaluate our house. They are going to stay with the estimate they gave us in 2007. This is noteworthy; a lot of companies would jack up their estimate after six months, never mind six years.
Come on, winter, hit me with your best shot! I've got energy to conserve, money to save, and a spreadsheet that needs data.
Whoa. I just listened to myself, and, I really do need to find a cold weather hobby.