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In the desert, our Summer life is the equivalent of an East coaster’s winter life. The kids & I are cooped up inside where we can keep cool & out of the sun’s harmful rays. With temperatures that reach as high as 114 degrees, we try to keep our activities inside because we don’t want to risk cooking ourselves alive. Literally, we cooked an egg on the asphalt last year. We use significantly more power in the summer; as a way to assist me in monitoring our power usage, I love this nifty power consumption calculator.
As you can gather, power bills in the Summer are pure insanity. Our first July here, our power bill was over $300. Since then, I have taken measures to make our house more energy efficient to not only ease some of the financial pain, but also our family’s carbon footprint from all of that air conditioner use. You can try this energy consumption calculator to see for yourself what your family & home consumes.
Aside from swapping out all of our appliance for more energy saving, newer models, we also started monitoring lights & TV time, & bought solar curtains for our windows to help keep some of the heat out. We also swapped out each of our light bulbs for more energy efficient led power GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs. I love these bulbs because we still get the soft & bright light of traditional bulbs, but without the added energy consumption.
When it came time for us to choose our bulbs, we chose GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs for several reasons:
- They fit our standard light fixtures, so we wouldn’t have to change anything.
- They contain no mercury, lead, or glass!
- One LED bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional bulbs & use 80% less energy.
- They were easy to find & add in with our normal shopping list at our local Sam’s Club.
- Find out more about LED bulbs & their benefits.
- To try them out for yourself, use this link to get a coupon.