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  •  Nice diary! (14+ / 0-)

    We see so many diaries predicting catastrophe, yet far too few offering solutions.

    Tipped and recced and republished to Kosowatt.

    P.S. - I would suggest going for LED light bulbs instead of CFLs.  They're even more efficient, they have a better light quality, can be used in rooms where lights get switched on and off a lot, they last longer, and there's no mercury contained in them.  I've replaced 7 of my CFLs with them and am very happy across the board.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 04:18:21 PM PST

    •  Just bought our first LEDs (6+ / 0-)

      from Home Depot. But they're very expensive. I got four to start with because it's all we had money for at the moment. I figure we'll start replacing the CFLs one at a time as they burn out.

      Beyond that, I walk to work and hubster rides his bike almost everywhere. I do, however, drive my kids places. My son rides his bike to high school in warm weather.

      I use an outdoor clothesline, weather permitting. I brew sun tea in the summer. I use a re-usable coffee filter instead of disposable paper filters. We compost. We recycle what we can. I use my own bags at the grocery store.

      We do live in a big, old, drafty fixer-upper of a house. But we added a bunch of insulation last year. We installed a new storm door the year before that  - had to have it custom-made, which is why I think it's a big enough improvement to mention. Hubs seals the windows with plastic every winter. I put a bunch of those foam draft-blocker things in behind our light switches and electrical outlets.

      If it seems overwhelming and un-doable to change everything you do, then pick one thing you think you can handle and focus on it. Once that becomes a habit that doesn't seem like an extra chore, then choose one more thing to improve. That's how I do it. My next goal is increase the amount of local food I buy.

      •  Yeah, they're still pricey. (4+ / 0-)
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        I started out with LEDs the same way you did.  One of my most expensive CFLs didn't last anywhere near as long as advertised(a 15 watt globe).  By the time I bought the second replacement, I was so sick of replacing them that I figured I might as well try an expensive 6W LED bulb.  When I bought that LED, I decided to replace a 35 watt halogen spot with a 7 watt LED spot, as well.

        So, with those two bulbs I dropped my watt usage on two lamps from 50 to 13 and was so convinced by their quality that I haven't looked back since and have now installed LEDs in all the lamps that I use the most.

        It's incredible to me just how little electricity they use while providing excellent light.  If I have all the lamps on in my living room, kitchen, and hallway(5 lamps), I'm pulling a mere 40,5 watt.  I used to use that much electricity just in my desktop lamp.....

        BTW, you can find pretty good deals on name brand, quality LED bulbs online nowadays.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 03:09:19 AM PST

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      •  "Expensive to buy ..." (2+ / 0-)
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        but less expensive to own. We need to focus more on Cost to Own rather than Cost to Buy.

        This is a sticker price shock issue that overwhelms us in our 99 cents Walmart culture.

        PS: I understand that there are real issues with that cost-to-buy.  My house is about 10% LED, 85% CFL, 5% incandescent in part because of that.  Buying 25 LEDs would be $500+, easily, upfront which is not an insignificant money outlay for most of us.

        Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

        by A Siegel on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:42:16 AM PST

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