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Old 03-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #31
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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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Buying the cheapest bulbs is not the way to go green. Do your homework and gather all the facts first. Be very careful about where you make your purchase as well. The internet is full of distributors -mostly Chinese- that will sell you almost anything that you want, but without regard for "going green". The U.S. dollar is still the bottom line and while the initial cost may be low, the life promises high, a good reality check is needed as well.

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Old 03-09-2012, 10:21 AM   #32
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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.
Another problem with tankless electric is that you are putting a much larger load on the electrical grid, most likely at a time where demand is high (morning showers, evening cleanup). At least with a tankless it spreads the load out over the day.
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Another problem with tankless electric is that you are putting a much larger load on the electrical grid, most likely at a time where demand is high (morning showers, evening cleanup). At least with a tankless it spreads the load out over the day.
Yes, I also noticed this problem with tankless electricity.




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Old 07-04-2012, 08:59 PM   #34
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Another problem with tankless electric is that you are putting a much larger load on the electrical grid, most likely at a time where demand is high (morning showers, evening cleanup). At least with a tankless it spreads the load out over the day.
That's actually a really great point.

What's worse--standby losses in a tank, or higher peak demands? I'd guess that in a place like California they'd rather have you have standby losses, but reduce peak demands...
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Recycling would be the first step if you already are not doing it. You would be surprised how many people don't do it in their own homes.
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1. Sell your car & walk or bike to wherever you go.
2. Super-insulate your house. Do not run your AC in the summer, and keep the heat down to 68 in the winter.


However, since this "poster" is a one-hit-wonder from 3.5 years ago, there's no point in saying much beyond this.
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1. Sell your car & walk or bike to wherever you go.
2. Super-insulate your house. Do not run your AC in the summer, and keep the heat down to 68 in the winter.


However, since this "poster" is a one-hit-wonder from 3.5 years ago, there's no point in saying much beyond this.

That would be my guess as well.
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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.
the health concern with some lighting is something that is usually not considered in the green movement and some light is so far from natural full spectrum light that when in contact your eyes freak out and try to compensate internally to a more natural full light spectrum thereby creating stress on the body and health.
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Happy Earth Day!! I've gone green. Its quite simple. Just cut back on energy. Such as, when you brush your teeth, turn off the water while you're brushing. Or, turn off a light when you're not using it. Also,THE THREE R'S: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
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when you brush your teeth, turn off the water while you're brushing
Who would run the water the entire time they're brushing? For me that would be at least a full minute... The water never even gets turned on until I need to rinse the brush at the end anyway, so I don't even understand why it would be on in the first place!
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Who would run the water the entire time they're brushing? For me that would be at least a full minute... The water never even gets turned on until I need to rinse the brush at the end anyway, so I don't even understand why it would be on in the first place!

the water is on to wet the toothbrush before brushing. I guess the same people who leave the fridge door open are the ones who leave the water running while brushing
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1. Turn off lights
2. Switch to energy efficient lighting
3. Bring bags to the grocery store instead of using store bags
4. Plant an herb garden
5. Create a compost spots
6. Switch to energy star home appliances
7. Wash your laundry in cold water istead of hot
8. Donít turn on lights at all for as long as you canóopen your curtains and enjoy natural light. 9. Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.
10. Shop at farmer markets
11. Before buying anything check Craigslist, Goodwill, Garage Sales
12. Hang clothes to dry
13. Unplug unused appliances
14. Collect rainwater

15Turn off your computer at night to save energy if possible.
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Start with your windows. Solar screens can help you go green at the earliest!
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There are many little things that we can do....and over time all these little things add up. So small things like unplugging (at the socket) any appliances that you do not use that have standby buttons to reduce phantom loads, change light bulbs to low energy fluorescent or LEDs. These are obvious one, but you can get really creative.
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1. Turn off lights
2. Switch to energy efficient lighting
3. Bring bags to the grocery store instead of using store bags
4. Plant an herb garden
5. Create a compost spots
6. Switch to energy star home appliances
7. Wash your laundry in cold water istead of hot
8. Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light. 9. Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.
10. Shop at farmer markets
11. Before buying anything check Craigslist, Goodwill, Garage Sales
12. Hang clothes to dry
13. Unplug unused appliances
14. Collect rainwater

15Turn off your computer at night to save energy if possible.
Jess covered a whole lot of the domestic choices. It kinda depends how far you want to go-I know people who don't own cars anymore, but that doesn't work for everybody. Still, there are lots of little things that you can do and lots of help in this forum and all over the web.
One simple way to look at it is to minimize your waste in all areas, minimize your needs within your lifestyle, and recycle everything possible.

So in a little more detail, do the simplest things first; consider your habits and where you can stop any wasted time, money and energy.
In your house the biggest wasters are anywhere there is heat generated or lost--so stop any air leaks, insulate where it's most needed, turn your thermostat down, set your water tank as low as is practical for you, take quick showers, rack dry your clothes ... it can be a long list, but only after that does it make sense to do something like solar panels etc. that make people look really green, but have the biggest single price tag.

Assuming you have a car, the #1 most overlooked place is keeping your tires filled properly. Then keep the air filter clean--get a permanent filter, it will pay for itself in improved mileage and allow you to clean it, rather than put more junk in a landfill. Change the oil per schedule--your engine will last longer. As for driving, minimize your trips by grouping them as much as possible. Don't forget public transit, van pools, car pooling, or even biking if that's reasonable.

Buying items online saves energy if you have them shipped via USPS since they come to your mailbox anyway and you don't go out for that item. We ask friends nearby if they need anything when we go out to save them the trip. Also, shop locally at locally owned stores; they're more likely to have local items and more likely to shift that way if you have suggestions. This keeps stuff like farm products from being shipped across the country right past lots of other farms... And bring your own bag. It's a lot of common sense stuff, some convenient, some not, some visible some not. Consider it a process and just take little steps and feel good about all of them.

If you simply review how you do things, you'll find some really easy ways to change to a more "green" lifestyle. That term gets overused, so it's a lot about your intent and how you live


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