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  •  Since you mentioned it, (1+ / 0-)
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    here is what I do to conserve energy, just a short outline.

    First, I plan my trips to town to consolidate insofar as possible the stops that I have to make.  I have a barometer of sorts, that tells me when to go:  when I am running out of milk, it is time to go.  I take inventory of all that I need, and then plan the shortest route possible, and try to get everything with only one trip to town per week.

    Second, I try to keep my house at 60 degrees F in the cold season, and wear long underwear and a hoodie inside.  You will be amazed at how much warmer you feel in a hoodie, and I always wear socks, and sometimes fingerless gloves.  At night I get into my waterbed and turn the heat down to 50 degrees F.

    Third, I try, as far as possible, to cook oven things in the cold season and freeze them.  Ham, turkey, chili, and similar I cook when it is cold because the "waste" heat just keeps my heat pump from running that much more.

    In the hot season I minimize use of the oven, and use the microwave one (a very efficient cooking method for things that come out well from it) and a toaster oven when I can.

    I also keep my tires inflated properly, shower as fast as possible, and use a room heater in my bathroom, rather then the entire central unit, when I bathe.

    Little things add up to big things.  I have one caution for you though:  compact fluorescent bulbs are wonderful, but not a panacea.  Sometimes the old, incandescent ones are more efficient.  If you want details, just respond.

    Happy New Year, and

    Warmest regards,


    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 08:57:47 PM PST

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    •  I've switch to LED bulb (1+ / 0-)
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      The CFL's always looked too yellow for my tastes. Plus I didn't like the mercury in them. And waiting for the (relatively) low cost ones was annoying. Yeah, the LED bulbs aren't cheap but they use less energy, I can put them in dimmer circuits, and they are instant on. There are still some color spectrum issues for some models but the ones I have in the house are quite nice. Too bad they're made in China, I really want to buy American as much as I can but sometimes there isn't a choice.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:03:32 PM PST

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      •  The LED ones are just now coming (1+ / 0-)
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        into their own, but they use some rare elements, as do the CFL ones.   They finally got the phosphors right in the CFL ones, and the LED ones are getting better all of the time insofar as color rendition goes.  Now I am going to get Geeky.

        Incandescent ones radiate light as a blackbody, with all wavelengths represented, only the relative peak of the center of the radiation being determined by the temperature of the filament.  They are thus much like the sun as far as color rendition goes.

        Both CLF and LED sources use a combination of a few monochromatic lines, the better ones using more than just blue, green, and red.  I wrote a blog about CFLs some time ago, and the point is that there are really only three predominant wavelengths that are combined to give the illusion of blackbody radiation.  That is why some things look odd when illuminated by them.

        My point about incandescent bulbs is illustrated best by my study, a small room.  I can use a 150 watt incandescent bulb and close the door, and not need to run the heat pump to make it warm in winter.  That bulb provides both light and warmth more efficiently in that small room than a CFL or a LED, with my heat pump running to keep it warm.

        It is all a matter of maths.

        Warmest regards, and Happy New Year,


        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:14:29 PM PST

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