This weekend I spent quite a bit of time waging a war on halogen.
We have a short-term vacation rental home and we pay for the power bill ourselves so I am making a number of steps in the home to make it more efficient – one of which was replacing the recessed can lights with LED. I have done this at my personal home and really appreciated the results.
This weekend’s project turned out to be trickier than simply replacing the trims. The old cans had to be removed from the attic side and sadly they were installed very well from below. I could not afford to damage the ceiling so I had a to pry, cut, and pull the old cans out. After several hours of sweat, I got the job done. The lights look great and best of all, I should not have replace the bulbs for many more years (they claim 25 years, but come on).
There are a number of reasons I have justified the expense of LED for my rental home, as well as my personal home. Personally, it comes down to changing bulbs and power bills. I despise them both! I always seem to have bulbs blow out at the most inopportune times and never have the replacement on hand – it drives me crazy.
The power bill is my other nemesis. I don’t expect the LED lights to impact my entire power bill by too much, but it certainly does play a part. As I have gotten older, I seem to have developed a paternal instinct to yell at my kids for leaving lights on and leaving doors open. I have started taking a number of steps in my homes to improve the overall efficiency: switching to LED, increasing cellulose insulation in the attic, finding and stopping all open points of air entry, and upgrading all my HVAC systems to higher SEER ratings. In any home, rental or not, these changes do add up. The problem is I never feel like the job is done. By the time I am 50 I will probably be living in passive-solar bunker with a grass roof and wind turbines….just maybe.
What am I missing? What other simple tips should I consider to help in my war against my power bill?