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Forget Fluorescent Save Money With LED

led_spotlightYou may have been hearing more and more people talk about LED lights. Why are they so much better then our new super power florescent? They use less energy and don’t have mercury in them! Pretty much everything you hate about florescent are fixed with LED.

LED Light Bulbs do use about 90% less energy then an incandescent light bulb, you know those old bulbs you have somewhere. They also start working quickly when turned on, unlike a florescent bulb that needs a few seconds to warm up. An LED lamp is rated at 100,000 hours that means that is should be almost 20 years before you have to replace it, of course this does depend on your use of the bulb.

If your wondering what type of LED bulb to get check out the comparisons below.

* 3W High Power LED Bulb = 30W incandescent flood.
* 7W High Power LED Bulb = 50W incandescent flood.
* 12W High Power LED Bulb = 85W incandescent flood.

I hope this will help you with your fears of buying LEDs and that you will check it out. Try switching a few of your mostly used lights to LEDs and see over a year how much you save.

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Save Money By Upgrading Your Toilet

Have you heard about those cool duel flush toilets? The ones that only flush half a tank when you don’t need a full one. If you have and have looked into getting one you may find that they are pretty expensive. Most range from about $500 to $1000. That is a lot to spend on a toilet and it will probably take you some time to earn that investment back. If your building a home I say go ahead and spend the money if you would like to. If you are not, you do have another option.

The other option is the select a flush duel flush conversion kit. This device will allow you to make your existing toilet a duel flush for about $25. The system is easy to install and will start saving you money on your water bill quickly.  Some of the benefits of this system are:

* Lowers water and sewage bills
* Extends the life of higher water consumption toilets saving landfill space
* Reduces impact on municipal sewage treatment systems and saves energy
* Alleviates strained capacity on water treatment plants
* Reduces impact on septic systems

Taken from the select a flush website

Of course these are great reasons to buy this item for anyone, another good reason to buy this product is that it is made in the USA, in fact it’s made in Michigan. Another good thing about this product is that you can install it yourself, the hard part from what I hear is getting use to it.

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Holiday Saveings: DIY Holiday Decor

If you are looking to save some money this holiday you should look into making your own holiday decorations. Many people run out and buy new decorations every year because they either want something different or the decorations they bought before are old or poorly made.

There are a few ways to save money on holiday decor. One way is to visit your craft store and make your decorations yourself. If you do this right you can change them around every year and solve the same old holiday look with out spending any money. I do this mostly with wreaths and garland. I pick out different things like apples and holly, pine cones and fall leaves. This way I can use the same wreath for each holiday. I decided a few years ago to pick all of this stuff up after Christmas when it’s on sale and I can save even more money. If your not a crafty person you can also just wait for the after Christmas sales and buy next years decor then.

You also can save money by waiting to do some decorating until closer to Christmas. If you have access to a wooded area and can take some branches from evergreens you can use those to decorate your home. If you do this though, do not use lights or candles close to these items unless you are in the room and they are freshly cut from the tree. The last thing you need on Christmas is to have a house fire.

Check back for more holiday money saving tips.

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Upgrading To Electric

My mother and step dad, with my help have decided to upgrade our propane to electric so they have been out looking at tank less water heaters, stoves and furnaces for the last 2 weeks. Monday they finally bought the tank less and are working on getting it put in. I still think that is the best way to go as it really can cut down on your electric bill.

The good news is they also don’t have to buy a stove as a friend of mine has one she is giving us. upgrading to either electric or just getting new appliances can be expensive at first, but if you can find some cheep or free things it helps, also once you do get everything upgraded the savings will start. I recommend getting new appliances if yours are more then 15 years old or are not an energy star product. In this economy saving money is a big deal and think about it this way, if you are buying new appliances to save you money your also helping the economy buy buying something.

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Save money replace your water heater

Water heaters not only take up a lot of space, but they waste energy and money. It takes a lot of power to heat gallons of water and keep it heated. Now though you can get a tankless water heater that will heat your water instantly and save you money.

Tankless water heaters have been used in Europe for many many years. Why? Well they take up less space then our huge American type water heaters. In Europe they just don’t have room for a huge water heater. Now though Americans are starting to see that having instant hot water is much better and more energy efficient then our old water heaters, so check it out and set your self up to save some cash and make your home worth more.

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