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Turn On The Lights and Save $$$ Money - Guide To Converting Your Old Bulbs To LED and CFLLIGHTING CHANGES CAN SAVE MONEY ON YOUR ELECTRICAL BILL
Not too long ago, the craze was to get fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's) which did cut down on energy consumption, but had the nasty mercury content to deal with.  Basically you couldn't just throw them away, but they could be turned in to stores like Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards that could properly dispose of them.  Now we have LED as a choice, which by the way has been a very nice technological advance for home consumers with a steep price tag.  Yes, LED bulbs are expensive, so be sure to shop around and try just one pack at a time before committing to a big purchases.  The four basic elements of purchasing light bulbs are: Base, Type, Power, and Effect.  The Base is the screw-in design as the bottom of the bulb which the standard is A19.  The Type is going to be Incandescent, Fluorescent (CFL), or Light-Emitting Diode (LED). The Power is the wattage of the bulb which relates to how much light it can emit.  And lastly, the Effect is how bright (daylight) or soft the light appears in the room.  We suggest that you look around for lighting displays in stores that demonstrate how much light each size (40w, 60w,100w) and effect can illuminate an area.  Other than power (strength), the next biggest thing to consider is the type of light, Daylight vs. Soft White (also check this at lighting displays).  You will find that each of these types (daylight vs. soft white) is desirable for different areas of your home.  For lamps, soft white lighting at the preferred 100w strength looks really nice.  For chandeliers that point upwards, Daylight can really brighten the room.  For rooms with a ceiling mounted light fixture or with ceiling fan lights, it seemed that Soft White worked best.  Please note that everyone will have their own preference, so be sure to try each type in an area before committing to buying very many of any size or type.  Regarding all those left over CFL's, don't just give up on them as they too were an expensive investment.  You can continue to use them along with the new LED's by perhaps mixing and matching what is used by power rating.  We tested a four globe lighting fixture on a ceiling fan with a combination of two 100w CFL's and two 100w LED's placed in an alternating pattern (CFL-LED-CFL-LED) which worked out nicely.
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RENTERS INSURANCE:  Hopefully you will never need it, but Renters Insurance is a good thing to have. You should consider purchasing at least the minimum amount of coverage that would be required to recover your clothing and other belongings you will need to set up your life in a new location. Many auto insurance companies also provide additional coverage types like renters insurance.  Contact your insurance agent to see what they can do to help you get the coverage you need at a price you can afford.

IMPROVING YOUR HOME TO SELL:  Please don't wait! Get off your butt and paint!
Paint is your friend! If you are thinking about selling your home or business, go ahead and budget your money to paint it with modern neutral colors. Fork out the cash and get cans of fresh new paint, do not use old paint you found in the garage unless you know exactly what type it is.  If you do not know the difference between water-based and oli-based paint, then be sure to consult the clerk where you will be purchasing the paint.  Even if you decide not to sell, you can still enjoy the fresh new look of your place.

REPAIRING, REPLACING, or BUILDING WITH LUMBER (WOOD): There are at least two types of wood that anyone new to building with lumber may not know; treated and untreated.  For indoor projects (not exposed to the elements/weather), you will use untreated lumber.  This is simply natural wood that has been cut from the tree in a wide variety of sizes with no further chemicals added.  For outdoor projects (or in places exposed to the elements/weather), you should consider treated lumber.  These cuts of wood have been pressure treated with chemicals to prolong their usable life by preventing rot and detering wood-eating critters like termites and ants.


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