I had an electrician come over to try to change some wiring so my
electric bill is not so high. He wrote up an estimate, and handed it to
me. Although his price was a little steep, I thought he was a decent
guy and seemed honest. After he left I sat down and began to carefully
look over his estimate, and what he proposed to do. His handwriting was
not the easiest to read, but I took my time reading it. When I got to
the part where he said he wrote a list of materials, I became very
uneasy when I read the part that said "14 LSD lights". I immediately
saw visions of the 60's, and thought he was going to install lava lamps,
and that he would be doing acid, while he wired my home, and probably
giving some to me too. I thought to myself, this guy must have thought
I was a druggie, to even suggest such a thing, and although I survived
the 60's, I dont do drugs.
Several days later he called me and asked me if I was ready for him to
begin the job. I told him that I could not have someone doing drugs in
my home, near my children and wife, and that I did not want any drug
lights in my home. He said he did not do drugs, and asked me why I
thought that he was a drug user. I told him about the LSD lights he had
listed on his estimate. He began to laugh, and said those are LED
lights...... (and explained to me what LED lights are).
Whew! That was a freakout!!!!
Even kind of Trippy and Psychedelic, but not too Groovy......
LOL!!!! That's great!
Before going ahead with any electrical work, you might want to estimate
your actual electricity cost for each device you use now and subtract
the cost for operating the new devices. Then divide the cost of the
work and new materials by the monthly savings and you can see how many
years it will take to pay yourself back. If you need help, the power
company is the best source of help.
Do the same for AC, furnace fan, electric heaters, electric stove, TV,
computer - any electric device that you use regularly, and compare them
with the cost of power for the latest types.
I went through this exercise and the best way I found to save money over
the long haul was to replace the refrigerator ever 10-15 years, and
change all the high-use incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent.
Other devices or elec work would not pay back for 30+ years -- not
including repair costs if any.
Some folks don't like the CF bulbs because of the hue or because some of
the earlier versions flickered or took a few minutes to reach max
brightness. The CF bulbs that are sold these days give the same color
of light as the old bulbs. But buy one bulb first and try it - to be
sure you like the hue, and to be sure it comes on immediately and
doesn't take a few minutes to reach max brightness.
Look for CF bulbs at your power company -- around here they are
subsidized and end up being 2 for $1 for 60-100W equivalent. Also,
check the dollar stores - they sell the same bulbs for 50-cents that the
big box stores sell for $2-4 each - higher price does not mean better
quality with these bulbs.
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