Today is the day that H and I are closing, so this post is going to be short (also, I took back the internets on Wednesday, so we dont have internet at the house right now). After talking about the huge check yesterday, and I got the final number yesterday, which was still mind boggling.
After closing, one of the things that I’m looking forward to the most is going on an efficiency shopping trip to the hardware store. I havent decided exactly what i’m going to get on this trip, but it will be all products that you can quickly change yourself that will save energy, (light or heat) or water – which will reduce your use and your bills. It could be a rather expensive trip, but it will pay off in the long run. I havent looked at everything yet, but here are a few things I know will be on the list. (I’ll also write a more detailed post about what I get and why later)
These things are awesome. You set them up to keep the temperature at a certain level for a certain time (say, from the time you normally get up in the morning to the time you leave for work) and then it will kick off when no one is home during the day, so you’re not heating a big, empty house. I’ve installed them before and they take about an hour or so to install and set up. After that, it’s nothing but automatic energy savings.
These bulbs are new (to consumers) and are still kind of expensive, at around 15 bucks per bulb. They last much longer than normal incandescent bulbs and even CFL’s and use a fraction of the energy. I’ll have to check and see which lights will be on most and start there, to save the most cash right away, then I’ll moved on to the lower used ones.
Dual Flush Toilet
These have been around for a while, and the toilets use less water based on the type of discharge that someone puts in there. Typically you’ll get about 1/2 the water if you push the handle up, and a full flush if you push the handle down. These are about 20 bucks for the kit.
That’s about it for now, but once I actually make this trip I know that I’ll have done more research and add more things to the list. Enjoy your weekend!