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Did you know that by using LED light bulbs instead of regular light bulbs, you can lower your lighting bill by 75%? Also lighting is about 12% of your electric bill. (The rest is ac, heat, and appliances).
I called my electric company and found they sold some in the office, but I found the same bulbs for less on Amazon that I ordered. It has only been one billing cycle so far, but my bill was $25 less than last months and $30 less than this time last year. I only replaced those in the downstairs portion of the house, which are on the most. Next month I hope to buy some more to put in the bedrooms and then the following month, in the basement.
The bulbs are more expensive, but also have a warranty that comes with them. They last approximately 20 years (longer than many marriages!), and each bulb averages a savings of $198 over its lifetime. For my entire house, that's 67 bulbs - and will amount to a lot of savings. If a bulb fails, they will replace it free or refund the amount spent on it.
Check what is available in your area-don't forget the sales at Lowe's and Home Depot where they are often on sale as well.
Joan, you are thinking of CFLs. THEY are the bulbs with the mercury. LEDs do not have mercury.
Changing the seal around the flapper will eliminate water running every two minutes into the bowl! This can add $ to your water and sewer bill every month, I know, I experienced this just recently. If you have more than one toilet in the house, be sure to change the seal on all of them at the same time, once one goes the others are sure to follow. Also, check the screws that hold the holding tank to the base of the toilet bowl. Check the inlet where the water comes into the tank. Check the big seal frequently and be sure to have it re-sealed if it is leaking. This can be quite unhealthy, not to mention smelly.
Keep the bowl clean and I do not suggest you use the colored tablets or those hanging things in the toilet. If you keep it clean, there is no need for these expensive items. By doing regular maintenance on this and all your other fixtures, appliances, and any other item in your house that requires daily use, you will save money in the end by not having expensive repairs done. Good luck.
By Barb K. from KY