Phyllis Theermann

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

Vivid                              355
Standard                        277         22%
Cinema                          167         53%
**Panasonic TH-42PX60U

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

Phyllis Theermann

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.

lighting
dimmable Pendant bulb                 Candelabra bulb                  Torpedo bulb 14watts

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.