Long Beach Housing Market

Electric savings going green
September 13th, 2008 9:57 AM
Everything I pick up talks about going Green.  I ever read a Realtor magazine yesterday and the whole issue was dedicated to getting agents to help clients be aware of what would make their home green.  There is even a new designation, which is an educational program, realtors can get that says they have studied what makes a house Green.  This is offered by the National Association of Realtors and apparently 4,000 agents across the country have already take the class.  But that's not what I want to share.  About a year ago somebody told us that if we changed every light bulb in our home to the new florescent bulbs we would have a considerable saving on our monthly bill.  My husband being the frugal gentleman that he is couldn't wait to try it.  So we went to Costco and bought enough of the bulbs to do the whole house and have a few spares.  In the very first month our electric bill was significantly less.  We weren't sure if it was a fluke or the real thing.  Well we've been watching it closely for the past year and our bills are down - alot.  Some of that may be that we are more conscious about what the electricity we are using.  We have always been big recyclers, even before the City gave us trash bins we were taking our recyclables to drop off sites, so trying to pear down the energy cost was not a big thing for us.  But I am amazed at how much the savings have been.  Some of the lights in our home are on timers so they come on for specific periods ever day.  We didn't change that with the new bulbs.  My husband estimates we have recovered the cost of all those bulbs, they aren't cheap and gained some additional savings.  If you haven't changed your bulbs yet, do yourself a favor do it now.

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