Renting The Cottage: A Few Bright Ideas

Renting your Lake Of Bays Cottage is a great way to pay down the mortgage, but renters can also cost you in energy usage. You may be burning out bulbs and paying more for electricity then you should due to incorrect bulbs being used and cottage renters are less concerned about saving you energy. I know it seems easier to just go to any store and pick up some cheap bulbs, but in the long run, you are losing money doing this.

Check what type of light bulb is in your fixture!
Turn the power off at the switch, and allow bulb to cool. Unscrew the bulb from the fixture. Along the top or the bottom (screw in base) of the bulb, there should be lettering, telling you what voltage (such as 120V) and wattage (such as 60w) your bulb is.

Cheap light bulbs cost you more money!
– Your time to go out and purchase other bulbs from a store.
– Money spent each time to get new ‘cheap’ bulbs.
– Time spent replacing them in the fixtures each time they burn out.
– Increased electricity charges due to poor quality light bulbs

In the fixture itself, there should be a sticker telling you the maximum that the fixture can handle. (MAX 100W) If the bulb is a higher voltage and wattage then required, you will want to go out and get a proper bulb for your fixture. Get the correct voltage of bulb, and a slightly less wattage then the fixture says it’s maximum is. You will prolong the life of your bulbs and your fixtures.

If you have any fixture that is on for 4 or more hours at a time, it will be worth your while to invest in energy efficient bulbs.

Don’t have a ceiling fan, just some run of the mill ceiling fixture?
If your Muskoka Cottage is used all year, you might want to consider switching out the fixture. As long as you have a properly trained electrician install it, you should be able to switch out the current ceiling fixture and replace it with a ceiling fan. When you choose to sell the cottage and you really like that ceiling fan, simply switch the fixture back out again before listing and take your fan with you.

You might want to check with your agent (Andrew Bulloch – Harvey Kalles) before you do this. Normally they do not mind as long as no damage is done to the ceiling, and you properly install the fan and the original light fixture again upon leaving. Plus, the fan might be a selling feature, obviously you like it!