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Old 02-23-2013, 10:08 AM   #46
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WOW ...4 years later and he's still not back.

I guess he decided that...........................

It's not easy being green.

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I went green at New Year 2011, a good place to start is an audit of how much electricity your house is using, and from there you see where you can save. I upgraded a few appliances and changed the frequency of use of them. The biggest energy users in the home are heaters, washing machines and dishwashers, if you work out the best times to use these and you understand what they are consuming you can save a small fortune. i cut my energy bills and (therefore) carbon footprint by about 20% over the last 2 years which has worked out a few hundred dollars a year.

A handy little gadget is a power meter, or energy monitor I think they are called, they're pretty cheap but they are basically a wireless display that shows you how much your home is consuming, you can chose $ or kWh, they are a good device to help you understand energy saving. I use an in home display unit, a few companies do them efergy, current cost etc. I believe there are some online platforms now where you can access your home energy use online...I haven't used those yet but would be interested to see if any of you guys have and what you thought.
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Is there a good seal that will ajust for my garge door for uneven floor?????
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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!
you are supposed to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, or are you trying to "go green" in your mouth too?
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:30 AM   #50
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Natural Lighting or daylighting is a way to save energy while making your home a cheerer place to live.


My husband and I found out about daylighting and have been so happy with our brighter home. We wanted to put in sun tubes but renovation would be very expensive. He found this thing called a heliostat that we use now and it works great! It just sits in the yard and redirects sunlight into our living room window with mirrors. I would suggest one for anyone who wants to use less electricity, be more eco-friendly, or save money.
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I can see several problems right at the get-go. Going blind is at the top of the list. Then there is the problem of having another something sitting out in the yard that has to be trimmed around when mowing the lawn unless you live high in the mountains or out in the desert. The "Suntubes" actually are probably the best passive light source for any darker interior room or any North or West facing room with windows. The tubes have a sealed fresnel lens on top that actually collects and 'amplifies' the sunlight -and heat- down into the desired location. I've helped put in several of them and even on partly cloudy days the first thing we had to do was make sure we had a GOOD pair of sunglasses on. A skylight is good for light on a vaulted ceiling and heat venting if it is an opening model, but all the skylights have small leaks at some time in their lives that let air in or out as well as moisture in the form of rain or snow or what have you. Then to get the light from a skylight down to a standard flat ceiling room you need a large framed in opening from roof to ceiling that needs to be insulated, drywalled, painted, and trimmed out. Not so with the Suntubes. The tubes should be insulated for sure to eliminate condensation from a cold attic space, but only require a round circular hole in the room below with a clear glass or plexiglass lense on the ceiling. NO OPENING, NO ELECTRICITY. The roof side of the tubes seal to the roof the same as a vent stack or "B"vent chimney. If you don't want any roof penetration GO LED!!! The newer LED light bulbs and LED tube replacements are much brighter, most are dimmable, and the prices are plummeting. You don't even have to change your fixtures if you don't want too. Some, such as the flourescent fixtures will need some rewiring, but that's all.
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"Suntubes" actually are probably the best passive light source for any darker interior room or any North or West facing room with windows. The tubes have a sealed fresnel lens on top that actually collects and 'amplifies' the sunlight -and heat- down into the desired location.

If you don't want any roof penetration GO LED!!! The newer LED light bulbs and LED tube replacements are much brighter, most are dimmable, and the prices are plummeting. You don't even have to change your fixtures if you don't want too. Some, such as the flourescent fixtures will need some rewiring, but that's all.
I agree Suntubes are great! We just couldn't afford the renovation cost at the time. We also decided against LED's because we really just wanted the natural light. That left us with a heliostat, and we're happy with it. Just personal preference and budget differences, but all green options are great in my book.

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