Pat tells me its Blog Action Day. Climate change is this years topic. The Yale Blog was inspired by a Canadien who said we could all clean up our world one corner at a time. Green was the most popular topic of the day with the Inconvenient Truth and other byproducts of an overheated world.
As I have spent 3 years researching and 2.5 blogging, we can effectively lower our power consumption and affect climate change at the same time. It really isn't hard, and yes you will pay more initially, but you will have an almost immediate payback.
Change a world, change a bulb:
In a previous post, I showed a whopping $100 savings per month by using LED bulbs. You probably are not going to spend that kind of dough, so buy compact fluorescents. 60% more efficiency, 10 times the life and 2/3 less heat than an incandescent. Buy it at 2700 degree Kelvins, so the light will be similar to an incandescent.
They don't make them like they used to....thank heavens.
Your 20 year old refrigerator in the basement is costing you $200-250 per year to operate. Your old top load washer has 50% less capacity and is costing between $100-150 a year more to operate than a front loader....These things aren't antiques and have increasing value.
Its simple. Conserve, but use better technology. We use less power, less electricity, less resources...better climate.
Peoplewill not buy Green products unless there is an immediate return on investment...especially now. Ironically, that was the topic of last nights presentation. LED, compact fluorescent, refrigerators, laundry and induction are covered.
We spend a ton of time explaining the vast difference between EnergyStar front load washers and the conventional top loaders. In the long term, the cost of operation of a top load is way too expensive...
Dryers are the same story just with different terminology. Couple of pointers on buying the right unit:
1. Dont worry about size. The smallest dryer is larger than the biggest washer.
2. Look for a moisture sensor: Moisture sensor will shut the heat when it senses a level of moisture in your clothes. Total win/win. Clothes are not shrunk and energy is not wasted.
3. Don't buy on cycles: It's just a timer anyway. Cycles are writing next to the knob. Total waste of your dough if you are buying a machine only on this basis.
For no extra charge, following are a few operating tips:
1. Do multiple loads at once...Dryer is already hot, and there is no energy wasted.
2. Clean the lint filter often...Dryer operates more efficiently.
3. If you do not feel like ironing (I actually like ironing), throw the wrinkled garment into the dryer on an air fluff cycle.
Outside lighting...so many types, finishes and styles.
So how do you pick one? Take this easy test.
1. How much illumination do you need
2. What does your entrance look like
3. Do you have garage or other landscape lighting
A couple of tips: Hang the light roughly 66 to 68 inches from the ground. Typically, the front doorshould have the largest light (average size 17 tall by 8 inches wide.)
They don't make them like they used to....so they say.
Thank heaven they don't...so I say.
Have a look at these refrigerators...They have one common feature.
These products are all EnergyStar compliant, and qualify for a $50 rebate. A new refrigerator will save $100 per year versus a product purchased 10 years ago.
Cool graphs and forms