Home Improvement – Are Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Worth It?

It’s a fact: the average American home is responsible for as much (or more than), twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the average car. If every American house replaced just five of their most used light fixtures or bulbs with more energy efficient ones, the nation would save $8 billion a year on energy cost, not to mention the savings to individuals for bulb replacement and higher electric bills. That’s without ever turning off a light! Plus, it would save as many greenhouse gasses from entering and destroying our atmosphere as the emission of 10 million cars! And that’s every single year!

While many of the original energy efficient bulbs sold on the market suffered from low voltage, causing unpopular shadows and dimness in homes, today’s new energy efficient light fixtures and bulbs are just as bright as their traditional counterparts. They may cost a little more (about $8 compared to about 75 cents for a standard light bulb), but they use close to 75% less energy on a daily basis and are designed to last for as long as a decade, eliminating the need to purchase replacement bulbs every few weeks or months, which can cost hundreds less over a ten-yea period of time.

That, coupled with a substantial decrease in monthly utility bills, depending on how many bulbs are replaced, can yield a substantial savings over the life of one of these 10-year energy efficient bulb.

To save the most energy and money, energy experts agree that it’s important to replace your highest used fixtures or the light bulbs first. Some of the highest use fixtures in a typical American home include:

Kitchen ceiling lights.
Living or family room table and floor lamps.
Outdoor porch and post lamps.
Security lights.
Hall lights.
Bathroom fixtures.
Garage and basement lights that remain on throughout the night.
Decorative lighting.
Foyer chandelier.

Many different varieties and style of low-energy replacement bulbs and fixtures can be found at any home improvement and hardware stores, lighting showrooms, and other retail stores, including on-line outlets. They range from high-end decorative bulbs that can be used in open chandeliers and fixtures to a more standard bulb that better resembles a traditional light bulb. They also come in a variety of colors for a more festive look. More unique styles and colors can be ordered online or at a specialty lighting retailer.

Home Improvement Grants Most African American Homeowners Overlook

Home improvement continues as one of the biggest expenses for African- American homeowners. Black homeowners pay the most for home improvements, repairs, upgrades and interest rates according to Federal Government statistics.

Because of a lack of information sources to get the word out to African American homeowners, most African American homeowners fail to take advantage of the many programs available to them.

Despite a record number of home improvement grants available from the federal government. Thousands of black homeowners still pay for high-priced home improvements, without first looking at what’s available from the federal government.

This could often save black homeowners thousands of dollars. It’s a shame the programs most black homeowners finance through there taxes go unused. Yes, by the people who could use them the most.

This week we’ll talk about some of the grant programs currently available from the U.S government. These grant programs can help you improve the value, comfort and energy savings of your home.

If you can get just one of these grants, it would more than pay for the time and effort it takes to get it.

According to HUD (Federal Housing and Urban Development) The Department has published the Early Registration Notice for potential applicants applying for funding under HUD’s competitive grant programs, available on the Grant.gov website. This Notice provides information to help applicants better understand the electronic submission process.

To help with the registration process, HUD has developed a brochure on how to register. HUD also has a brochure that will help you find and apply for grant opportunities. HUD has also prepared a Special file to assist you in completion of a grant. In addition to HUD, many low and no cost loans and grants exist for home improvements from most state and local government agencies.

These loans can go toward bringing homes up to code, used for energy efficient improvements or for cosmetic improvements to your property. All these actions can also help to raise and preserve the value of your home for little or no cost to you.

To take advantage of this program contact your local city or county rehabilitation department for more information. The key is to getting informed and starting the process by taking action.

For the website that list all federal government grants currently available Click Here! This site offers many tools for getting grants, such as tips for finding the right government grant for your specific needs. This site also offers a government grant search tool, government grant email alerts and much more.

By searching and keeping up-to-date on what home improvement programs are available, you can save thousands of dollars. HUD is working feverishly to improve and streamline the application and approval process of home improvement grants.

Meanwhile find out what qualifications you need to apply, get the necessary paperwork, fill it out and send or email it in. You never know, this may turn into a chance for you to save money and improve your home at the same time. What a deal.