August 2016 (68 )
Is it Time to 
Make the Switch?
 If you haven't switched your home over to LED lightbulbs yet, here are 3 great reasons why now might be the time...

They last MUCH longer...
LEDs typically last approximately 25 years (based on 3 hours burn time a day), compared to the 1 year for incandescent bulbs. That means you would purchase 40 incandescent bulbs for every 1 LED bulb. That saves you a lot money and from having to keep pulling out the ladder.
They are safer...
For starters, LEDs do not contain mercury, which allows for peace of mind in the event one breaks or is damaged. Since LEDs do not contain mercury and other toxic materials commonly found in other types of bulbs, LEDs can be recycled - making them Earth-friendly.
Additionally, your average incandescent bulb expels a large percentage of heat, risking the possibility of burns and fires. LEDs are extremely efficient; therefore they generate virtually no heat, allowing them to be left on for many hours without fear of getting burned or fires.
They truly save energy...
LEDs are most commonly used due to their energy efficiency savings. LEDs consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. For example, if you have a 100 watt incandescent bulb, we could replace that with a 15 watt LED (offering even better lighting, too), which saves you 85 watts for just one bulb replacement. Multiply that by 100 light bulbs throughout your house, and you have saved 8,500 watts.
For more information about converting your lighting to LED visit Texas Home Improvement partner LED 4 Home.


Your Questions - 
Jim's Answers

Siding Replacement
If it is time to replace your siding listen to what Jim recommends for materials and procedure.

Solar Protection for Windows
solar screens vs. solar film
Protecting your windows from direct sun saves energy and prevents damage to furniture, flooring, etc. Jim generally prefers the film and here is why...

Free Energy Saving Trees 
from the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is providing FREE shade trees to qualifying homeowners. This wonderful program is made possible by a grant from Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC and is helping put free shade trees on the property of homeowners across Texas. 8,500 trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The program is designed to promote energy conservation by educating customers on the best places to plant trees to lower heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer, while avoiding power lines.
Visit soon before they are all just 10 minutes you can order 2 free trees for your property.

An excellent resource for homeowners provides the public with educational information about the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in the urban environment. The site contains resources from the International Society of Arboriculture, and also provides a collection of reliable tree care information provided by other industry organizations.
Click around and find guides to help with the beneficial trees on your property.

Fall Home Show Schedule
 These events are Texas' best resource for expert advice, money saving tips, remodeling ideas, landscape features and everything you need for your home and garden...and Jim will be broadcasting live!

8/20 - Ft Worth Convention Center
9/10 - Dallas Market Hall
9/24 - Houston's NRG Center

Thanks for listening!

Jim Dutton

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