... Not all appliances can be turned off when not in use or cutting
them off is inconvenient. My (Panasonic) TV loses all the channels
and time of day during a power outage, then it takes several minutes
to reprogram. I would expect the microwave to keep the time of day,
but after a power outage it doesn't. Recently I have been using a
power strip to cut off power to a LAN switch and DSL modem--no issues
cutting off these though. More savings cutting these off when cooling
is needed. It's great to conserve, recycle and re-use, but there are
What didn't she like? I discovered that they are starting to sell CFs with a
good interior color temp (2700k) and replaced about 12 60w lamps in the master
bath with 75w equivalents. Aside from the slight startup delay, it made a big
difference. More light, way less electric used. Sylvania sells a micro sized CF
now that actually fits completely inside the fixture.
Look at Lowes or HD. They do sell CF dimmables now, but they aren't cheap.
There still are very few lamps and fixtures that take advantage of the small
flourescent "tubes". I see some recessed fixtures in commercial buildings
but "civilians" seem to be expected to screw in a CF.
That said, I use there where I can.
I wait with bated breath the arrival of "next generation" of LED lamps.
Present generation are just UV LEDS with flourescent compounds added.
Their base efficiency is about the same as flourescent technology. (As an
aside, high pressure Mercury and Sodium vapor lights are more efficent the
flourescent simply because the internal arc produces visible light.) To
could would be a mix of "pure" colors to produce a pleasing light.
The second problem is that "they" only use resistors to limit the current
the LED draws. The "electronics" of the ones I have see are some filter
caps, some diodes, and a current limiting resister.
But if "they" solve those problems, the LEDs will driving the CFs out of the
market within a year. Yeah, their potential is SO much better.
I've been doing whatever I can think of to reduce my energy costs for the
last 7 years.
Every time I discuss various projects on the internet, someone has told me
it is a bad return on my money...
Looking at the stock market, I am quite pleased that this is where I have
invested my money (on a lower cost of living).
I have a friend who went the other route and received a "high return on his
investment" as advised by these people. At last count he has lost 100K on
his retirement account.
So where should I invest my money instead of spending it on reducing my
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.