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Very interesting. I recently purchased a LED light bulb that burns 1 watt at 12 VDC. I am looking into 2 more which use 2.5 and 5 watts at 110 VAC. The light output of these bulbs is not overpowering. They give approximately the same illumination as a 30 watt incandescent light bulb. I have been using CFL bulbs for years now and although the LED bulbs are an experiment I am encouraged by the energy savings. I know that lighting is only a small part of my energy bill but when I think of their use over years I know the reduction of CO2 will be worthwile even if I don't ever reach a pay back on the price of the bulbs (approx. $25.00 each). I have commuted to and from work now for 8 years at 22 Kilometers per day in Edmonton Alberta - summer and winter. Today it is minus 16 degrees C and quite manageable wearing appropriate clothing.
I am always interested and encouraged to hear of others doing what they can to lessen our impact on our earth. If we all do a little we will accomplish much more than if we wait for someone else to do something big. Governments and industry will follow - rarley will they lead us - so let them know what you think.

Good work - keep it up


Rachel, don't forget to install low flow shower heads and to insulate the hot water pipes and the hot water tank. Other big savings come from air sealing, especialliy plumbing and electricity holes in the basement ceiling. Also install install electric switch and plug sealers.

Here you will find very good information:

A very good book for $3 to $10 is: Cut Your Energy Bills Now: 150 Smart Ways to Save Money & Make Your Home More Comfortable & Green by Bruce Harley

And that's where the biggest payback is for me - more comfort during the chilly New England winters!

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About Powering Down

This page contains a single entry by Rachel VanCott published on January 28, 2009 12:45 PM.

Two Weeks Down, a Lifetime Ahead was the previous entry in this blog.

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