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the Musigician
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I'm wondering if there is any reason why I shouldn't turn off the furnace's breaker until next winter? There are at least two little lights running and regardless how small, they still use power!

Thanks!

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I am often reluctant to shut things like this down for fear they won't start when you go to switch it back on.....

The two LEDs on my boiler may cost a MINUSCULE amount of power during non-heating months. But they serve the purpose to re-assure me all is well.
 

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Turning the breaker to the furnace off means no air whatsoever so if you don't need it, not a problem to turn it off.
 

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I agree with Leah. When I shut off the power to one of my computers the power supply cooled down, contracted and died. Computer service guy said that is not uncommon. Now I leave the power on all the time. The transformer runs warm in your furnace and cooling it down in theory may contract it, loosen the plates/windings and then it can buzz. 1 watt LED costs 1/1000 of a kw to run and you probably pay under $10c/kwh so it ain't worth it.
 

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the Musigician
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It's only for heat in winter, no A/C to it at all.
My "home-made cooling system" covers that for the most part, we rarely ever need to turn on a window unit.
So I can turn it off no problem?

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I turn off my upstairs unit during the winter when my kids aren't here. Enough heat migrates that way from downstairs and it doesn't kick on. I hate hearing the upstairs heat pump turn on when nobody is up there. I would do it.
 

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I'll bet those lights cost 2 cents a month.
 

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the Musigician
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2 cents a MONTH???? We can't afford THAT!
Now I GOTTA turn it off!!! :eek:

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Prevents global warming. No need to burn coal to produce the power for those LEDs. Gotta get me one of these to save my dollaros and burn off some carbs.:yes:
 

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I fear Murphy's Law. I also think that any additional or unpredictable action can result in collateral damage.

How many times have you replaced a part or fixed something only to have something different and unrelated fail when you go to start it up?
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For example: we took my huband's M3 in for an alignment yesterday. We took it to an excellent shop where we trust the people there completely (anyone want a recommendation for a speed shop primarily Subaru... PM me).

When we left the shop the convertible top no longer works. :laughing: While I am certain they neither a) messed around with the top and b) are trying to generate more problems (because they don't have the knowhow to fix it); I can't help shake the feeling that the two actions are related.
 
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