Reduce your Energy Use W/O Compromising Comfort
This week’s cool nights and hot days provide the perfect opportunity to reduce your electricity use more than 30% by implementing the tips in our Summer Cooling initiative.
Take the following steps this week and let us know how it works in your home…
- Capture cool night air by opening windows in the evening, and close your windows before temperature and humidity rise in the morning.
- If you use AC, Set A/C thermostat at 78 degrees for 18% cost-savings compared to 72 degrees… you may find the A/C neverneeds to turn on!
We are surrounded with opportunities to reduce energy use. Many reductions do not require purchase or change in life style.
Change the picture setting on your TV to reduce energy consumption up to 53% watts reduction
Standard 277 22%
Cinema 167 53%
When you do buy a new TV check the power ratings on internet reviews such as CNET energy efficiency guide
Some models use 63% less energy
- Phlillips 42″ LCD 91 watts
- Panasonic 42″ Plasma 245 watts
**The above tips were presented at the Power of One Climate Solutions seminar
As the nights get longer, the amount of energy that we use for lighting increases significantly
Many of us have changed some of the bulbs in our houses but sometimes we get stuck with an unusual bulb type or buy one that has poor color. Dont dispair, many of the bulbs that used to be hard to find such as recessed can flood bulbs can now be found in many stores (try local first!). Another good source is www.efi.org.
Here are some favorites. The bulbs in the pendant and shaded fixtures are 5 watts each, enough to light a kitchen/family room with 25-40watts total lighting.
Each of the above bulbs is enclosed so that the spiral is not seen and therefore need about 1-2 minutes to reach full brightness, but offer warm white light with pleasing aesthetics and 75% reduced energy use.
A few things to watch out for:
- Only bulbs marked “dimmable” or “three-way” can be used in dimmable or three way fixtures.
- Electronic light switches with fade-on / fade-off switching do not work well with CFL
- Many enclosed CFL require 1-2 minutes to come up to full brightness.
**from www.energystar.gov – An ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months. It uses 75 percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.