Wasting Energy: Learn How to Save Energy & Money

Time Magazine recently published an interesting article, Wasting Our Watts. Here are the key messages from this article.

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A simple concept, Waste Less Energy

… or “more precisely, consuming less energy to get the same amount of heat for your shower, lights for your office and power for your factory. It turns out to be much less expensive, destructive and time-intensive to reduce demand through efficiency than to increase supply through new drilling or new power plants.”

Here are the key points I took away from this article:

Without the energy saving measures taken after the 1973 energy crisis, the... 

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Tips for Recycling CFL Bulbs

Compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs are gaining in popularity as they use 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs. It is also easy to convert to CFLs. You simply replace old light bulbs in your existing light fixtures, with new CFLs.

However CFLs contain mercury which makes their disposal more challenging. Home Depot has announced a CFL recycling program. Bring unbroken CFLs in a plastic bag and place in one of the designated brigh orange collection units. Home Depot will coordinate the packaging, transportation and recycling of your CFLs.

To clean up a broken florescent bulb (EPA recommended steps):

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Energy Vampires: Learn How to Identify & Tame Them

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Vampire ENERGY

Vampire energy is a new term I learned today. I admit I knew the concept but like most Americans, I haven’t made the effort to conserve energy like I should. So what is it?

Vampire energy is the energy used by things 24 hours a day, even when they are turned off or aren’t being used. You may not realize that TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers/printers, stereos, microwaves, coffee machines, washers/dryers, rechargeable power tools, etc use vampire energy. You think you’ve turned them off, but they are still using power.

We think the TV remote saves us energy but it... 

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