Energy Saving Tip #1

Jul 29, 2009 by Doc Berry

Kuleana Footprint Tips #1.    ENERGY AND ELECTRICITY

With peak oil arriving globally, oil prices again rising,  and HECO heavily reliant on oil, costs per kilowatt hour (kwh)will stay high and likely get higher.

If you have school-age children, a spouse , or other household members, have them help you.  Create a map or an inventory of:
1.    All your electrical outlets. Don't forget those supplying the electric stove and refrigerator, or those outside.
2.    All light bubs in use, inside and outside. Switch to all compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and save money year after year. A 60 watt equivalent  $3 swirl bulb saves $38 a year in lower electric bills, a 10 to 1 return in one year. Screw one in, turn it on. As it is lighting your room, it's dropping quarters in your pocket. Compact fluorescents, even in heavy use, last 5, 7, 10 years. Install one on a birthday; it will be around to help illuminate a birthday 5 to 10 years later.
To see the variety of CFLs for various uses, check out

In 2008 U.S. consumers spent roughly $1 billion to buy about 2 billion lightbulbs--5.5 million every day. Just 5%, 100 million, were compact fluorescents. CFLs remain a niche product. But you can quietly lead the revolution in conserving energy and save substantial sums with a home running on CFLs.
General Electric, with about 60% of the U.S. residential light bulb market, will team with retail giant Wal-Mart to try to double U.S. sales for CFLs to 200 million per year and continue to increase demand.

Energy saved is the greenest of all.  Check out the lighting in your workplace, or business and look into CFLs and lower energy T7 and T8 fluorescent bulbs and ballasts to cut energy demand by as much as 80% yet have abundant lighting.

For broken CFLs and questions about the mercury in them, go to the U.S. Department of Energy/Energy Star website. and click on Contact Us.  Then Find/ASk a question about Energy Star. In the list is a question that says "How do I dispose of CFLS?" And "How do I clean up a broken CFL?"

Again, with oil prices now surging near $70/bbl, and 77% of Honolulu's electricity coming from imported oil, expect higher electric prices, and all greater savings from CFLs.

2. Power strips or breakout bars.
Get rid of phantom power demand by turning power strips off when not in use.
1.Plug all of you electric devices into a power strip.
2.When your equipment is charged or not in use, simply turn the power strip switch OFF. Energy saved is the greenest, least expensive energy of all.

1. Plug all of your devices into a multi-outlet surge protector power strip.
2. Plug the power strip into a timer that you plug into the wall outlet.
3. Set the timer to turn the power off around the time you usually go to bed. If you don't watch TV in the morning before you go to work, set the timer to turn the power back on just before you get home. Eureka!  All night and all day your equipment won't draw power unnecessarily.


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