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LED Power will help us save, and prepare for selling our house, this year. Getting a house ready to go on the market, again, was not something I expected to be doing this spring. When we bought our current home, I determinedly declared that this was my FINAL move. God always has a keen sense of humor about the foolish declarations of stubborn people. Apparently, I crack Him up. 🙂
After a wildly unpredictable couple of financial years with my husband’s health issues and recovery, we acquired a mortgage for the first time in nearly a decade. It’s a strangely unsettling feeling to have acquired that debt, after living without it for so long. And as strong as the attraction of “never moving again” is, the attraction to being debt-free is stronger for me. It took a little convincing for David to be on board, but now, we’re on the same page and moving (get it? “moving”?) forward with our plan to eliminate the mortgage. That means selling our house, down-sizing to a smaller one that we can pay cash for, and creating a responsible budget that provides for our needs, includes savings and a plan for giving. Initially, it is a pretty humbling and disappointing feeling, almost like going backwards, to “have” to sell a home, but in the long run it will be SO worth the trouble and we can once again, experience the freedom and peace that come from living without debt. The thing to remember is, literally, “It’s only a house.” WHERE we live is of little importance, when compared to HOW we live. We want our kids to understand that their value and worth is not measured in “stuff”, but in faithfulness, integrity, compassion, kindness, responsibility and generosity. Each of those is much more easily achieved when we are not saddled with unnecessary expenses.
Now, the decision is made and the real work begins. You know the drill. Cleaning…and purging…and making everything the way it should have been while we were living there. 🙂 Why do we always do the fixing up as we are preparing to leave? lol Anyway, we’re making lots of preparations, deciding what to pack and what to sell. It’s amazing how much less sentimental I am after thirty years, five kids and nine moves. Besides just getting rid of extraneous chachkes, and worn furniture that should probably enjoy the remainder of its life in a dorm room, there will be the general “sprucing up” of the house, too — some paint here, some staining the deck there, etc., etc. The other thing I will do is to complete our transition from incandescent to LED power, throughout the house. I’ll be able to get great prices, buying them in bulk at Sam’s Club.
We started the LED conversion process, some time ago, and have continued to switch out bulbs as each old one needed replacing. While the initial cost of the bulbs is higher than incandescent, the savings, over the life of the bulbs, is incredible! First of all, the GE LED bulbs I buy will last as long as FIFTEEN incandescent bulbs. The ones I just purchased were rated for up to 22.8 years! Seriously? At that rate, the odds of ME being the one who ever has to change a bulb, again, are small. (My kids will be doing that for me by the time these burn out.) Plus, the energy savings is astronomical. I was hard to convince of this, at first, but after months of switching to the new bulbs and watching our electricity usage go down, I’m a believer. We really have taken the time to do the research on the savings of using LED and CFL bulbs, instead of incandescent. Read about our amazing results, here. And if you’re not as OCD as me about learning to calculate wattage and kilowatt hours, etc., you can just use the simple Annual Savings Calculator on GE’s website. What you can save will blow your mind! For even more information on GE LED bulbs, check out these links to their website and social media accounts:
LED lights give off much more “natural” light, in my opinion. That’s another reason I love them. It’s similar to using a “soft white” bulb. I love that they don’t give that yellowish tinge to photos that I always struggled with when taking pictures in the house. Bright, clean light is a huge selling factor for me and I believe it will definitely increase the appeal of our home, as we begin to show it to prospective buyers. If it were me, knowing that the home I was buying was filled with energy saving, high quality LED lights would be a huge value. So, not only will we be making sure this house is converted, we’ll be stocking up to make sure we save money on electricity bills from day one, with our next home. If you’re ready to save on energy costs, too, let me point you in the direction of even more savings from GE. From now, through May 1, you can print $1 off coupons. Time is running out, so hurry to print them and, then, check out a few of my other energy-saving ideas.
Building savings by cutting back on expenses is “everyday important” to me, and during our moving-transition, it will be even more of an imperative. Changing out the light bulbs in our home is one of many ways to cut costs, increase value and put cash back into our budget and savings accounts. Things like occasionally using cold water for laundry, when it’s appropriate, hanging clothes to dry on a clothesline instead of running the dryer, turning the temperature down on our hot water heater and holding out as long as possible before turning on the A/C for the summer are some other money-saving actions. There are small things that even the kids can get involved in, that will cut back on energy costs, too — shutting off the water while brushing their teeth, remembering to shut off lights when they leave a room and drying dishes by hand, instead of using the hot air dryer in the dishwasher. Pennies count! Over the course of 3, 5 or 10 years, the accumulated savings of all these simple measures can be thousands and thousands of dollars. Just changing out the light bulbs put us on track to save more than $4,000 over ten years. Add to that the energy savings of some of these other tips and tricks, and money that would have literally gone down the drain or to the gas or electric company, will now be available to increase our retirement savings by $10,000 or more, over those same ten years!
How do you and your family save money on energy costs? Have you ever made a hard choice in order to reach financial peace and freedom? I’d love to hear your story! Be sure to leave a comment and tell me about it.