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We have been burning our wood stove almost continuously since we got it. Though our December electric usage is about half of what it was for December last year, our savings was only about $120. But I estimate we burned $200 worth of wood. So I guess switching to burning wood is not going to save us money, at least if we buy it. Our cost for electric was about 4.62 cents per KWH. If our electric costs go up dramatically than the wood may very well be more cost effective. We do have access to free wood on our property, so burning free wood would definately be cheaper than buying electricity. Back to the problem of getting the free wood up the hill. We still have wood, so will continue to burn it. Maybe we will do better this month. I have been busy sealing air leaks which will make our house more energy efficient whether we use electric or wood heat.
The wood stove will still be very nice during a power outage which more often than not happen during the winter.

We currently have four recessed can lights in our kitchen. Each is loaded with a 65 watt incandescent flood bulb. These lights are on a lot, so I would like to replace them with energy efficient fluorescent alternative. Two of the lights are eyeball type lights that focus on our island. We are looking are replacing the island at some point. As long as the island gets light, I don’t really care if light is focused on it or not. Part of me is thinking rip the wood ceiling down, and replace it with dry wall, and then I can move the lights where I want. I would rather have the lights directly over the island instead of off to either side, and aimed at an angle. Many of the lights seem to run $50-$100, which brings up the question of payback. If I pay $50+ for a light and am going from 65 watts to 13 watts or 26 watts, or something in between, how long before I save money. Of course the 65 watt bulbs burn out relatively often, and are not cheap. So I could be saving money from that standpoint as well.
So anyway, I am researching. The CFL style recessed cans are not as cheap as the incadescent type recessed can downlights.

SUMMARY: They don’t work. Don’t waste your money!

I just pulled down the last one of these that I had up. I had bought a bunch of these things, and placed them is places where I had mouse activity. The mouse activity didn’t change at all. The brand I had was Weitech, but I am guessing they all work the same, which is not at all. Don’t waste your money.

The Federal Trade Commision (FTC) is even going after these guys:

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