1) Replaced three 300 watt halogen torchiere lamps with incadescent type torchiere lamps with 27 watt (100 watt equiv) spriral CFL bulbs. Lamps were $25 each. Bulbs were $2-3 each.

2) Replaced three 75 watt flood lights with 15 watt (65 watt equiv) CFL flood lights. These were in track light fixture overlooking living room. Bulbs cost $6 each.

3) Replaced four 65 watt flood lights with 15 watt (65 watt equiv) CFL flood lights. These are in recessed cans located in kitchen. Bulbs cost $6 each.

4) Replaced three 60 watt globe lights with 15 watt (60 watt equiv) CFL globe bulbs. These are in master bathroom. Bulbs cost $6 each.

5) Replaced 100 watt bulb with 18 watt (75 watt equiv) spiral CFL bulb (hanging light in kitchen). Bulb cost $2-3.

6) Replaced 100 watt bulb with 18 watt (75 watt equiv) spiral CFL bulb (bedroom closet). Bulb cost $2-3.

7) Replaced bed side table lamp with new lamp and 13 watt (60 watt equiv) spiral CFL bulb. Lamp cost $20. CFL bulb cost $3.

8) Changed switch in garage to motion sensor switch. Shuts off after about one minute forty seconds of inactivity. Switch cost $15.

9) Reduced on-time for exterior motion sensor lights (250 watt halogen floods) from ten minutes, to five minutes. No cost.

All of the CFL bulbs will use only about 25% of the electricity of the incadescent bulbs. The change from the 300 watt halogens down to the 27 watt CFLs is huge and will save about $10-20 each per year (depending on time used per day and based on our low electricity cost). These savings do not even include savings on bulbs. All of the CFL bulbs I have bought are guaranteed to last for 5 years (I am sure as heck saving the receipts and cardboard cards that came with the bulbs in case I need to return them). So while the bulbs are more expensive up-front, I should save money on bulbs in the long run. Most of the bulbs should pay for themselves in the first year or two. The rest of their GUARANTEED 5 year lifespan will be free money, or go to pay for the new fixtures.

Besides the lighting I have also:

A) Added a Watt Stopper power strip to my computer so that it shuts off power to my monitor, printer, scanner, and speakers after about 15 minutes when I am not around.

B) Replaced old leaky exterior door.

C) Sealed some of the obvious leaks such as where wires enter house with caulk or foam.

D) Revented dryer with tighter sealing vent, and improved sealing around vent.

E) Revented Jen-Aire grill with tighter sealing vent, and improved sealing around vent.

F) Temporarily plugged leaky bathroom vent until I can replace whole unit.