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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 1/18/2018

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your home. Each room in a house requires its own tone and brightness.

In the bathroom, you’ll want bright vanity lights to see what you’re doing in the mirror. In the kitchen, you’ll want plenty of natural light to work by in the morning, and lights bright enough to see at night. The home office is a matter of personal preference--some people like bright lighting to keep them awake and alert, whereas others like to work in a calming environment that is more dimly lit.

In addition to adding character to your home, lightning is also a matter of conserving energy. Homes that are using energy efficient lighting can save $75 a year on their utility bill by replacing old incandescent bulbs. Furthermore, energy efficient bulbs have a longer life span, so you’ll have to change fewer of them over the years.

In today’s article, we’re going to talk about energy efficient lighting for your home and which options will best suit your needs.

Traditional incandescent bulbs

Many people have gotten used to the tone and warmth of traditional incandescent bulbs. However, with these bulbs 90% of their energy is given off as heat. In terms of lighting your home, that is 90% wasted energy.

Furthermore, due to upgrades in technology, incandescent bulbs are no longer manufactured and difficult to find.

Energy-efficient options

There are three main choices available for energy efficient bulbs. Halogen incandescent bulbs can be purchased in a range of shapes, colors, and sizes for your home. Although they meet energy ratings, the other two options are much more cost-efficient.

CFL or “compact fluorescent lamps,” are about 70% more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and they also come in a range of sizes and colors. However, if you’ve ever noticed some lights that take time to brighten or “warm up” you were probably looking at a CFL bulb. For this reason, they aren’t the best choice for extremely dark areas, such as a basement, where you need a lot of light immediately to find your way around.

The third option is LED lights or “light emitting diodes.” The most energy efficient of the three, LEDs are brighter and longer lasting than the other options.

While they were once the most expensive bulbs on the market, reserved for small electronics displays, LEDs have become much cheaper in recent years. They are available in various sizes, colors, and are able to be dimmed. They’ll also use the least amount of electricity over a twenty-year timespan in your home, up to ten dollars less than CFLs.

Choosing the right bulb

Now that you know about the three types of energy efficient bulbs, you’ll be able to consider their benefits and drawbacks for each room in your home. LEDs will last longer, they reach their maximum brightness immediately, and they’re able to be dimmed, making them an excellent option for most rooms in your home. However, they are more expensive on average than CFL or halogen bulbs.




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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 1/17/2018


826 Mooresfield RD, South Kingstown RI, 02879

Single-Family

$249,900
Price

3
Beds Total
6
Numberof Rooms
1
Baths
Enjoy the comfort and character of this unique 1850's property on 3 acres. Hardwood floors, french doors, and views of a fresh water pond are some of the many features that will make this house feel like home. Convenient location near URI and some of RI's most beautiful beaches. Newer roof and heating system make this home a must see. Why rent when you can own? Subject to sellers finding suitable housing.
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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 1/15/2018


22 Pleasant ST, Unit#2nd floor, Westerly RI, 02891

Rental

$975
Price

2
Beds Total
5
Numberof Rooms
1
Baths
Pristine 2 Bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor. Walking distance to downtown. HEAT INCLUDED! Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Credit check and references required. Washer and dryer hook-ups in basement.
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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 1/12/2018


99 Woody Hill RD, Westerly RI, 02808

Single-Family

$234,500
Price

3
Beds Total
6
Numberof Rooms
1
Baths
Wonderfully maintained raised ranch with immaculate remodeled kitchen, quartz counters, eat in kitchen/dining area, slider to a deck, 3 BR (two on first floor, one in lower level with big family room and slider / walkout. Additional 528 square feet in LL with walkout (total 1373 sf living area) This house is located on a nice level lot with many upgrades since purchasing 8 years ago, including remodeled bathroom, roof, windows, appliances, etc. A must see home! Minutes to I-95 and Westerly Beaches. USDA financing for qualified buyers, 100% financing, no money down/closing costs included, $2000 tax credit each year for the life of loan if buyer is qualified. Will include a 1 year home warranty with full price offer. Home inspection completed, repairs completed, septic inspected and pumped. . ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Westerly and the area is a community of forests, state parks and management areas. Recreation is highlighted in Westerly with fresh water fishing facilities, parks, and numerous campgrounds. Westerly is one of the popular vacation areas of southern Rhode Island and convenient to miles of ocean front beaches. Midway to Boston and New York.
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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 1/11/2018

This Single-Family in Westerly, RI recently sold for $420,000. This cape style home was sold by Sandy Bliven - RE/MAX South County.


64 South Woody Hill RD, Westerly RI, 02891

Single-Family

$420,000
Price
$420,000
Sale Price

3
Beds Total
7
Numberof Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Wonderful 3BR, 2.5 bath Cape with a spacious great room addition & first floor master bedroom. Privacy abounds on 1.79 acres, with heated in ground salt water pool surrounded by decking & meticulously maintained landscaping, perfect for outdoor entertaining. New pool liner, new hot water heater, new roof, new cathedral ceilings. This stunning sun-filled house rests on half an acre of inviting landscaped lawns and gardens and has a large in-ground heated pool 20 x 40. The house itself is in pristine condition. Great Investment as an Air B&B, summer home, year round home, this is a great "hideaway" just 4 minutes to the beach, 2.1 miles. Septic inspection completed & pumped, well and water inspection completed. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ The town of Westerly chartered in 1788, is a beautiful & historic seaside village that is a couple of miles away. It has great restaurants, bars, shops & art galleries. Mystic is about 5 miles down the road, with shopping, coffee shops, bookstore, restaurants, Amtrak station, and bars. Mystic Seaport and Aquarium are about 5 miles away. There are opportunities for hiking, kayaking, biking, boating and exploring the shoreline. Watch Hill & the beautiful RI beaches are 5 to 10 minutes away. A wonderful vineyard with wine tasting is just down the road. Parking? We have space for six cars + and even a RV. Or just park & walk everywhere or use your bikes...

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