Greener Living Tips-Electrical

Greener Living TipsGreener living tips-Electrical items in your home can waste a lot resources with almost no one suspecting. In addition to a great deal of wasted money, much of the electricity in the US is still derived from fossil fuels. Read on to see where you can make a difference.

Use compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or fluorescent tubes where possible. Incandescent bulbs are the least efficient source of light. If you're going to do just one thing for the planet, make it the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Although they cost several times more upfront than regular incandescent light bulbs, they also last about 10 times longer, which means that for every CFL you screw in, you'll be saving eight incandescent light bulbs from landfill purgatory. Plus, you'll save some serious cash in the long run. Because CFLs use 75 percent less energy, swapping one incandescent bulb for a CFL reduces carbon dioxide by 500 pounds a year; replacing 17 has the equivalent effect of taking one car off the road for a year. Just remember to recycle spent bulbs responsibly – CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury, which although isn't enough to be hazardous to you, could pose a problem in landfills when mercury from multiple bulbs leaches into the ground. (For the sake of “green” we will ignore for a moment that not a single CFL is made in the USA and nearly every CFL is imported from China!)

Existing

Replace with

 

 

60 Watt

15 Watt Compact

 

 

75 Watt

20 Watt Compact

 

 

Cost Comparison

 

60 Watt

15 Watt

Cost of Bulb

$ .75

$6

Hours per Day

5

5

Hours per Year

1825

1825

Kilowatt-hours per Year

110

27

Cost per Year (at $ .12 per kilowatt-hour)

$13.20

$3.24

60 Watts Reduced to 15 Watts = 45 Watt Reduction = $13.20 – $3.24 = $9.96 Savings per Year

Guidelines for Replacing Incandescent Bulbs with Fluorescent Bulbs

 

Existing

Replace with

 

 

60 Watt

15 Watt Compact

 

 

75 Watt

20 Watt Compact

 

 

Cost Comparison

 

60 Watt

15 Watt

Cost of Bulb

$ .75

$6

Hours per Day

5

5

Hours per Year

1825

1825

Kilowatt-hours per Year

110

27

Cost per Year (at $ .12 per kilowatt-hour)

$13.20

$3.24

60 Watts Reduced to 15 Watts = 45 Watt Reduction = $13.20 – $3.24 = $9.96 Savings per Year

Turn lights and other electric items off when you finish using them or leave the room. You may not know it, but households across the nation are infested with Energy eaters. Cleverly disguised as innocuous household appliances (your television is one of them), with their three prongs plunged into your wall outlets, draining power all hours of the day and night, even after you've switched them off! (Americans pay $1 billion a year to power our televisions and VCRs while they're turned off.) Other sleeper agents of the electric undead that consume 1,000 kilowatt hours a year per household, while in standby mode: your toaster, coffee maker, hair dryer, PC, printer, cable box, and cell phone charger.

You don't have to live in a constant state of fear; forever checking behind your back for that one appliance you forgot to pull the plug of. Just plug adjacent equipment into power strips with surge protectors, and before you crawl under the safety of your covers-or head out to work-simply flip the switch.  

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