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Thoughts on elec conservation(re:below thread.
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JoeK    Posted 05-03-2002 at 08:56:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anything that heats or cools are your biggest consumers.Newer models are more efficient by far.One waste that always bugged me was lights inadvertantly left on(closet,basement,bathroom,
or any"short use"fixture,even an entry/yard light not normally on.I replaced several switches with timed switches which auto-off in 10-30 minutes.Some also have a keep-on feature which requires concious thought to set.No more"basement light on for 2-3 days" after getting pickles or regular walks around the house to turn off unused lights.Also put pilot lighted switches on a couple things where switch is"away"from lighted area.Lastly a couple of stategically placed mirrors will light up a dark corner or hallway without additional fixtures.This was a time to time project as problems were spotted,I'm not a fanatic about these things but bill went down overall.


Tom A    Posted 05-03-2002 at 10:47:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep, heaters and coolers both suck the juice.
Lights are not so bad, even if you forget once in awhile. A 75w bulb left on for a full 24 hours only costs about 15 cents.

But things like electric water heaters, space heaters, dishwashers and freezers really pull in the juice. A 1500w space heater in a moderate- sized room will cost you about $1.50 or more to run for the same 24 hours (I assumed a 50% 'on' rate for the thermostat).

My wife decided to use the small baseboard heater in the laundry room last winter to keep it 'comfy.' The laundry room was converted from the old porch and is not insulated that well. Our 2-month electric bill showed it, at over $200 higher than normal!


Ludwig    Posted 05-03-2002 at 14:04:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow! Sounds like its time for the laundry
room to get some insulation!


DeadCarp    Posted 05-03-2002 at 21:52:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Electricity is a really good and safe way to make light. And it's convenient. Ask it to produce heat, cool things, lift things or do anything fancy, and it gets more expensive real quick. Any light bulb loses energy as the juice glows across the element. That's why they get hot. The bigger the bulb, the more it costs to light it. Monitors are big bulbs (but they're designed to turn themselves off if unused) - a TV set is a really big bulb.


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