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Old 03-16-2010, 11:36 AM   #16
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I'm in Northern Illinois and have serviced and installed both electric and gas type tank heaters. I also have installed gas type tankless heaters. From what I have found over the years assuming a "level" playing field: 1) You have to go up one size in electric tank style to more closely compete with a gas tank style heater. 2) Doing this will mean the initial cost of the electric tank will be higher than a gas fired heater, but the response time and operational costs will be about the same.
3) The tankless heaters initially cost 2 1/2 to 3 times as much as a gas tank style heater, but the tankless have a far faster response time, the operational costs over time are much lower than either electric or gas/electric tank heaters, and currently there is not much in the way of operational histories or dependablity. Tank heaters have been around for 60+ years; Tankless have been around for 10. Anything can fail right out of the box or somewhere down the road it just takes time to sort it all out. A rule of thumb regarding tankless heaters though is if there are 2 or 3 tankless heaters that could handle your needs, go with the one that is one step up from the unit that appears to just cover your needs. Or use two smaller units in parrelel. You will still make out and be much happier.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:18 PM   #17
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Well Master Thomas, You certainly have brought the bugs out of the woodwork so to speak, now can you fill us in on what it is YOU would like to do?????????

Maybe he went sooo green He boycotted the coal mine that ran the electricity plant that powered his computer?
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Old 03-27-2010, 10:20 PM   #18
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Very easy tune into march madness and route for the michigan state spartans! Go green!
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:50 PM   #19
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I have lots of ideas, have your local power company or a partner of theirs do an energy audit of your house. They just did mine and I have a list I am working on now. Insulate the rim joist (box sill), insulate the exposed basement wall in the inside to a foot below grade, insulate the attic, insulate crawl space. Install a water saving shower head, install ceiling windows, to let in natural light instead of using electric lights. Use sensor power strips to minimize vampire electric usage. Have a great day!
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:05 AM   #20
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I help save Mother Earth by re-using my shopping bag. I have this bag made of canvass that I use for shopping. It can be washed and re-use. It saves from using plastic and paper bags.

I also use natural light whenever possible.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:59 AM   #21
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MagicalHome you have two very good ideas, that should be followed by thousands more people than the few who read this blog. The first about the shopping bags would be terrific except that people such as my wife love this idea so much they have spawned an entire new industry. Bags that can carry 80-100 lbs, with or without individual store names on them, in multiple colors and patterns, some with cutesy sayings on them, all with permanent creases in them so they can folded and stowed for convenient reuse later. My wife, bless her sweet little heart, even has used a lovely lime-green one that can hold as many as 15 of these boulder-holders in it and has placed it prominently between the front seats and on the floor for the second row seating in our minivan. If our grandkids move it so they can get in or out there will be a stern warning. If I move it so larger items can be hauled/moved, stern looks are in order up to and including severe reprimands (like bringing the van home depleted of fuel for weeks until I get the message.) The best part is no more than 3 or 4 bags ever get used at one time and if they are ever heavier than 20# a piece I get the honor of carrying them so the cart (if there is one) can be left in the store.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:30 PM   #22
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Found this web site promising energy efficient window replacements, they are using acrylic film to reduce heat loss, home insulation, and energy bill. Looks interesting.
Ricki, which website is it? It does sound interesting, you've sparked my curiosity.

I've heard of window treatments that use the sun's natural light to preserve the heating in your home. I use the Levolor ones in my living room, and I've saved a significant amount on heating costs last winter.

I would also suggest you to fill any cracks near your unused windows or doors with insulation tape during the winter.

Hope this helps you on your way to being green!
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:41 AM   #23
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Shave your plants? What, like peaches and African violets?
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:53 AM   #24
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Or maybe plants that get too leggy? lol

I think rocklee is a spammer. It kind of looks like it with the grammar and punctuation mistakes.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:36 PM   #25
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Some little green things we're doing:

Switching to pine kitty litter (you can spread it under trees, shrubbery, smells better, too).
Washing and reusing baggies (can't stop using them just yet).
Switching to low energy light bulbs.
Timer on hot water heater.
Landscaping and vegetable gardening using organic methods.
Vermicomposting kitchen waste and paper/cardboard and using for fertilizer.
Doing everything possible to limit garbage produced.
Reading news and magazines online rather than buying printed form.

It all adds up, particularly if a lot of people do it, too.
i like this...i do some of these things also..
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:35 AM   #26
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Look at the US Green Building Council website and see where they are offering LEED certification points - see if anything they are offering points for could be done around your building and consider implementing them.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:53 AM   #27
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Build a solar oven - or buy one.

There are a LOT of ways to make one - a box with tin foil is cheap and easy. Or make one from wood and plexiglass.

Here are a few sites for some ideas, but there are other great sites to learn from. Also do a search for 'building a solar oven' on YouTube. There are some good videos.

http://solarcooking.org/plans/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WplNs...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ix36...eature=related

Cook with a tripod with a satellite dish hanging from it with chains - parabolic cooking.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=moz35&va=parabolic+cooki ng


Another way to cook food is with a rocket stove. You won't need charcoal or propane. You just need small sticks & twigs. There are a number of ways to make these too. One way is with 16 bricks or with 2 or 3 tin cans. Easy cheesy and very efficient.

http://www.stockstorage.com/plans_to...ket_stove.html

Hay box (thermal) cooking works well for 'wet' foods --- soups, stews, casseroles. If you have time and pre-plan your meal this is a cheap way to heat food -

http://thermalcooker.wordpress.com/c...ookers/haybox/
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:38 AM   #28
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What do you mean that, let me know clearly? Do you want to make your home eco friendly or want to make your home with indoor and outdoor plants that make your home looking greenish with plants. Looking forward to your response!
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:06 PM   #29
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Insulating paint? Surely you are kidding. That is one of the biggest snake oil deals since.... snake oil!
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:41 AM   #30
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Light bulbs are a great 1st step, energy saving light bulbs can be expensive but its best to find the cheapest and most trusted place to purchase.
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