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Saving Energy Humor – Turn Off Those Lights

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Today we talk about saving energy but when I was growing up I always heard "turn off that light, do you think we own the electric company?". I find myself telling my wife and kids to do the same. I'll walk into the living room only to find that the lights and TV are on and no one is there. When I finally track them down I get the anser, "I was coming back". It's good to be able to ...

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End of the 75W Incandescent Light Bulb

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End of the 75W Incandescent Light Bulb

January 1, 2013 will mark the end of the manufacturing  of the 75W incandescent light bulb in the United States as prescribed by The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. A year ago, the same law  ended the manufacturing of 100W Incandescent light bulbs. If you’d like to read the act entire act, you can find it at Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, but be warned, it’s over 300 pages of complex language ...

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What’s a Lumen? (the short answer)

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What’s a Lumen? (the short answer)

What’s a lumen? A lumen is a measure of the brightness of light given off by a bulb or any other glowing object. I know what your thinking, isn’t a Watt a measure of the brightness of a bulb. We’ll in a round about way it provides us a scale to understand brightness but in fact it’s really the amount of energy that a bulb consumes in an hour. For more on watts and energy check out What is ...

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Smartphone Energy Audit

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Could a smartphone energy audit help homeowners to reduce their power consumption? This was the focus of a recent International Journal of Sustainable Energy article titled: The application of smartphone technology to economic and environmental analysis of building energy conservation strategies. Wow, that is an amazingly complex way of saying the use of smartphones to perform home energy audits and will it be effective at reducing costs and environmental impacts of energy use. Software apps will be able to look ...

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