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Jan 9, 2012 10:31AM
# 2

Changing mercury basis thermostat to energy efficiency thermostat, sure as Programmable will save energy. Central ac unit is the single most energy consuming equipment.

The only disadvantage to programmable thermostat is we need to know how to use it. What do you expect? Yes, you can change your own thermostat, nothing special.

#3 I Fluorescent bulb is expensive, but it saves.

#4 I need to switch to this low flow shower-head

#7 is just mind blowing. This is definitely a good ideas for everyone.

Thanks for sharing, some of the info are greats.
Jan 14, 2011 6:32PM
I have yet to get more than 18 months from those curly bulbs.  With the burning and melting I've seen on some, you'd have to wonder what the fire probability is.
Jan 14, 2011 2:31PM
Low flow toilets and Burritos were not meant for each other under any circumstances
Jan 14, 2011 2:30PM
Low flow toilets ? DO NOT eat  Burritos
Jan 14, 2011 2:27PM

tried the Curly bulbs?  mercury!  Can't throw them in a land fill  we should be able to send them along with used Batteries back to the manufacture and get a rebate

oh I'm sorry the Manufacture is in China

Jan 14, 2011 2:23PM
Barc: the recycles you send out and pay for are shredded and packaged up and shipped over seas to Japan And China at a pretty good $ for the recycle co so you and I get hit twice for the same Garbage  the cost to recycle and the profit for the recycle Company   Biggest buyer of Recycles in the world?     China
Jan 14, 2011 2:13PM

I tried recycling  started out small now the rates have jumped up isn't worth the cost soooo into one trash collection  tried cutting down on Phone bill   New tax appears and increase in 911 fee ,  water saving device now the poor city is raising the rates Turn off lights appli, unplug devices -the electric utility is losing money and wants an increase

turned down the thermostat you guessed it the Gas Co is going broke need a rate increase  gone solar? the electric co wants 35$ just to have a line to the house (Just in case)

Jan 14, 2011 2:05PM

that 31$ per year savings @16 years?Gone in 5/10 years with the rate increases


Jan 14, 2011 2:03PM
remember this my friends the More you save and conserve the more they (powers that be) raise the rates  Noone likes to lose money(Revenues) just because you want to save some money so as less is used the cost just goes higher
Jan 14, 2011 12:24PM

Obviously, don't believe everything you read on the internet.

Lots of disinformation out there.

Jan 14, 2011 9:29AM
where I live water costs $2.34 per 100 cubic feet. 10,000 gallons = 1,336.8 cubic feet = $31.28 savings per year. This means my initial investment of $500 (minimum) takes 16 years to pay off. hmmmmm
Jan 14, 2011 5:56AM
D'mand water system, who has enough spare cash for each out let, ones that service entire house take as much water as old fashion units,
Jan 14, 2011 5:51AM
low flow shower hear, don't use if you have high mineral counts in your water, clogs the holes very quickly, can lead to allot of maintance.
Mar 16, 2010 3:55PM
cheap way to save water is a dual-flush toilet retrofit kit - www.blu-drop.com has em for less than $35.  Effectively gives you a dual flush toilet ($300) for way less.
Mar 16, 2010 1:31PM
YES!!  I do not want to use CFLs (though I do).  I want to use LEDs.  I just haven't yet found any powerful enough to use for a reading lamp.  There are a number of lower power LEDs, but I wouldn't want to strain my already bad eyes trying to read by them.
Mar 6, 2010 8:44PM

RE:  The water saving system for under the sink..........$500 is a lot of cost plus the cost of electric versus the water that you run waiting for the hot.  If you use electric near water....especially at or under a sink, PLEASE put in a GFI type receptical for safety sake.

If case you don't know,  water and electricity do NOT mix well.

Stay safe!

Mar 2, 2010 7:05AM

The tankless Hot water heater and proper insulation are great ideas. The recomened light bulbs, not so great. We had one, which was not that old start smoking, almost started on fire.


Feb 6, 2010 9:08AM
I live in Minnesota and CFL bulbs are not good in a garage in the winter or outside in the winter because they take twice as long to get bright due to the cold weather.  In the summer or in the warm house they work fine but they are a pain when using them in this cold winter climate.  They don't say it on the box but to reiterate the temperature they are used in make a difference.       
Jan 30, 2010 11:00PM

"The bottom line is that there is no such thing as a "safe exposure level" when it comes to mercury"


Incorrect.  US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets a standard of 0.05 mg/m3 of mercury vapor averaged over eight hours and errs on the side of caution.


The amount of mercury in a typical cfl is smaller than the ball in a ball point pen.


And to the other poster, it costs you nothing to recycle.  Just look up a local recycling point near you and drop off your stuff. 



Jan 29, 2010 11:51PM

To those of you debating ad nauseum the potential neurological harm of displaced mercury vapors from CFLs: I advise you to check to the number of amalgum fillings you have in your mouth and the date received. Nasty little neuro time bombs, slowly leaking mercury into your bloodstream for years.  

Re low flow toilets......what's the difference between a potty designed for a lesser flush and a conventional one with an inserted displacement (milk jug)? Why flush after every piddle? Trouble clearing the contents of the bowl? Use one-ply TP.....or in other cases your toilet brush.  I'm going to bed now. Can't believe I allowed myself to get sucked into this debate.    

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