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Switching to LEDs

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Matthews's Blog | Comments

Switching to LEDs

Is it worth It?

The biggest benefit of LED lighting is its lifespan. An LED bulb will last approximately 50,000 hours — five times longer than a CFL bulb. If the bulb is left on for eight hours per day, it will last over 17 years. During that lifespan, an LED bulb will use 300 kilowatt hours of electricity. At 20 cents per kilowatt hour, the lifetime electricity cost of an LED bulb is $60. To compare, you would need five CFLs to match the 50,000-hour lifespan of an LED. Those five CFLs would use 700 kilowatt hours of electricity, costing $140. The LED bulb saves 400 kilowatt hours of electricity compared to the CFL and 2,700 kilowatt hours compared to the incandescent bulb. This represents a cost savings of $80 over CFL bulbs and $540 over incandescent bulbs http://homeguides.sfgate.com/much-energy-efficient-bulbs-save-78814.html

 This is only talking about 1 LED light bulb but what would be the cost to switch all of your homes lights to LEDs and would the savings be enough to make it worth it?  The average cost of an LED is $35.95 (Prices have dropped to about $6 per LED bulb since this post was published so even more savings!)  At first glance the logic in your head says it can’t be worth it especially when the average cost of an incandescent bulb is only $1.25 each, but wait. Let’s do some math. An LED can last up to 50,000 hours like we referenced above using your light for 8 hours a day they would last 17 years. You would need 42 Incandescent Light bulbs to match that 50,000 hour lifespan. At $1.25 X 45 it would equal out to be $52.50. So on average you would save $16.55 per light socket by switching to LEDs. An average home has 40 light sockets to replace them all with LEDs would cost you $1,438. That seems high but you wouldn’t have to change them for 17 years and in that same time you will spend $2,100 on incandescent bulbs  and we haven’t even gotten into the energy savings you would gain.

  The energy cost savings of LEDs over incandescent are staggering. Like we told you above the energy cost for the life of an LED is around $60 to get that same life with an incandescent you can expect to pay somewhere in the  ball park of $540 for 50,000 hours. That is a huge difference! So if we take the same 40 light sockets we can expect to pay $2,400 for energy cost over 17 years or $11.76 a month if you have LEDs. But if you keep the incandescent you can expect to pay $21,600 for energy cost over 17 years or $105.88 a month. Ouch!

   It’s hard to dispute the obvious savings you will gain switching to LEDs. The only thing you will have to decide is if you are ready to make the change in your home.  

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ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR EVERY HOME

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Matthews's Blog | Comments

ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR EVERY HOME

 

Utah Handyman

 

In order to avoid a lot of home owner frustration once and for all, there are a few essential tools every home owner should have ready to grab:

 

Tape measure – A tape measure is great for projects around the home. It is ideal for small or large tasks.

Level  levels are only useful if they are accurate. Invest in one that works, it It can be laser or the basic bubble, just make sure it works.

Screwdrivers (and screws) – Every toolbox needs a flathead and a Phillips screwdriver.  Screwdrivers are available in sets of different sizes, so a small set of five different sizes will come in handy around your home.

Hammer (and nails) – A medium weight hammer is best for most tasks around the home. You don’t need the most exspencive but make sure it will work for years to come.

Pliers – Needle-nosed pliers are all that most homes will ever need.

Wrenches – Just like screwdrivers, quality wrenches often come in simple sets that should serve most any need that would arise.

Every home should have at least a hand saw. For small projects it will get the jobs done. If you don’t want to work up a sweat invest in a chop saw or circular saw. For us we but the best but we use them all day every day. For a home that only uses these tools off and on you can get by with a little less expensive tool. It will do the job.

All of the above tools should all be kept in a toolbox or other storage container that has a designated spot within the home. You can keep your tools anywhere. Simply find a place that keeps them accessible but inconspicuous when not in use. Also, consider a few other items that may come in handy around the home. Painter’s and duct tape; various glues, pencils and straightedges, and step ladders are all accessories that could make any handy task a little easier.

Most every homeowner could look at the above list and find a tool or two that may be a necessity in their home. This is by no means a comprehensive list! However, these basics are more affordable than investing in numerous single purpose tools and will allow many home fixes to be taken care of quickly and with little complication.

Matthew Davis

Fix It Handyman LLC

Matthew@Utah-Handyman.net

 

Paint Paint And More Argile Paint

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Matthews's Blog | Comments

  Utah Handyman

Fix It Handyman LLC has been busy and we have been working on some neat projects. Our Customer was having a baby soon and said she wanted something fun for her new son. So the Fix It Handyman team came up with this argile paint design  idea for her and she loved it! This project was an amazing amount of work but a ton of fun to think up and do! We ended up using about 10 roles of painters tape (We use frog tape when we do use tape. It’s our favorite) Please comment below and let us know what you think about it. We always like feedback even if you hate it! We really hope you like it though!

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