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Why CFLs are Zooper! February 26, 2009

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Zoinks!

Zoinks!

Gadzooks!

CFLS are Zooper because

1. They use 75% less energy than incandescents!

2. They last 3000 hours (at least) before burning out. Incandescents on average burn out in 1000 hours.

3. You will save $30 in energy costs over the lifetime of a CFL. This little guy pays you to use him!

4. CFLS cost a bit more than incandescents , but you save in the long run because you won’t spend as much on your utility bill each month or buy as many replacement bulbs! Zowie!

5. CFLs create 75% less heat, so they’re safer and don’t heat up your house.  (Incandescents are little heaters.. so maybe we should try cooking some hotdogs over them?)

Dr. Z

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Zoinks! Lightbulbs can bring down your energy costs! February 19, 2009

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Beware the energy vampires! Some light bulbs are drink to deeply from your pocket books!

Beware the energy vampires! Some light bulbs are drink to deeply from your pocket books!

 

Energy Costs Generating Light-Bulb Solutions

 

GadZooks! Its been a couple days or so since my last posting and it seems that the world of light bulbs never lets me rest! The labratory has been going full tilt for some wonderful new surprises! Anyways I hope to have the video of Mr. Y and I(Dr Z) Great Weeny Roast Experiment posted for you all soon. Until then I have included a wonderful article from the post on energy efficient lighting cutting down your household and business energy costs!! Abra-CaZABRah!

Dr. Z

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By Lisa Rein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, January 25, 2009; Page C01

They don’t have the sex appeal of windmills or the cool factor of solar panels but cost a fraction of the price. In fact, their methods can be as low-tech as plugging a leaky air duct.

Governments and utility companies across the Washington region are starting to roll out new “energy-efficiency” campaigns with the potential to lower bills, carbon emissions and the area’s dependence on foreign oil without building a single coal or nuclear plant. Energy experts say that they can reap large benefits by encouraging people to retrofit homes with changes as simple as new shower heads, light bulbs and refrigerators.

Efficiency programs were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s but receded to the background during the more recent era of deregulation. Now, concerns about global warming, rising fuel prices and price tags in the billions of dollars for new power plants have prompted new interest. States from California to Massachusetts are mandating that utilities offer subsidies on home energy audits, discounts on energy-saving light bulbs and appliances, and rebates or low-interest loans to homeowners who install insulation, replacement windows or weatherstripping along the sides of a doorway. And the federal government would increase spending on efficiency programs under President Obama’s stimulus plan.

With some of the country’s most aggressive efficiency standards for devices from washing machines to traffic signals, Maryland is helping to lead the way. Proceeds from emissions-permit sales to power plant owners are allowing the state to provide millions of dollars to help low-income homeowners conserve energy. Last month, state regulators ordered Pepco, Baltimore Gas & Electric and three other utility companies to offer their residential and business customers a suite of energy-saving strategies this year, including a $40 home audit whose cost can be waived if the customer agrees to have energy-saving light bulbs installed throughout the house.

Maryland won’t pay for you to save energy. All customers will bear the cost of the new programs with a monthly surcharge of up to $2.50 on their monthly electric bill, according to preliminary estimates — even if they do nothing.

Skeptics say it’s not clear that the programs will make a real dent in the region’s energy use, and many homeowners would not see significant savings unless they invest thousands of dollars. Still, experts predict that the investments eventually will pay for themselves and then some, helping depress Maryland’s demand for power by the equivalent of three coal-fired plants.

“You’ll break even or make money if you do nothing more than screw in a few fluorescent light bulbs,” said Douglas Nazarian, chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission.

The District is adding and beefing up similar programs. And in Virginia, where Dominion Virginia Power says it has sold 2.4 million low-energy bulbs and received tens of thousands of hits on its Web site section of energy-saving tips, the General Assembly is considering several bills that would require utilities to come up with efficiency programs. Like leaders in Maryland and the District, Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) has pledged to reduce the state’s carbon footprint, setting aggressive goals of a 19 percent reduction by 2025. Both states and the District also have pledged to tap into alternative power sources and offer high-tech devices that cycle down thermostats and air conditioners when demand peaks.

“No, you’re not going to invite all the neighbors over to show off your insulation,” said Steve Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. “But the savings can be considerable.”

D.C. resident Elizabeth Fox said she was thrilled to take advantage of an existing city program to get a lengthy, free audit of her 100-year-old leaky home in Northwest after she received a flier in the mail. “We got a written report we kept referring back to” while renovating the home’s third floor, she said. She added new insulation and a super-efficient washer, dryer and hot-water heater, and air conditioner. Her heating bill last month was well over $500, “so I can’t say we’ve stopped the leaky air,” she said. But with the third floor in use for the first time, “Our energy bills have stayed the same, so that’s a savings.”

At least 12 states have mandated energy-efficiency programs since 2006, among them three New England states that have adopted rules requiring that utilities show they have pursued such strategies before they are allowed to build new power plants, Nadel said.

Obama’s stimulus plan would help retrofit 2 million homes and three-quarters of federal buildings to be more efficient, saving low-income homeowners $350 a year in utility costs, on average. Former president George W. Bush’s fund to bail out the financial industry revived a little-known federal tax credit of $500 for efficiency investments that had expired in 2007.

During the period when Maryland, the District and many other areas deregulated, energy companies cut costs to prepare for competition and pledged to let the free market take care of energy efficiency. That competition never materialized, leaving some Maryland customers with rate increases of more than 70 percent.

Advocates of energy-efficiency programs say today’s strategies are more refined because of new technology. The twisty, low-energy light bulbs, which use one-third of the power of conventional ones, didn’t exist a decade ago. Hot-water heaters, stoves and other appliances burn far less power now than they used to.

“What was energy efficient 10 years ago is not energy efficient today,” said Malcolm Woolf, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s top energy adviser. O’Malley (D) led the General Assembly to adopt one of the country’s toughest conservation goals last year, calling for a reduction in energy demand of 15 percent by 2015.

Today’s programs are being marketed more aggressively and offer homeowners more incentives. Still, it’s not clear how many will participate.

“The only sure thing is that everybody pays a surcharge, but how we make sure everybody benefits is something we struggled with,” Nazarian said.

In Maryland, the PSC initially rejected a program devised by BGE, saying its projected $130 million in marketing and administrative costs was excessive. The plan approved last month cut those costs by almost 45 percent.

Marketing will matter, though. Allegheny Power sent unsolicited energy-saving light bulbs to tens of thousands of customers in Western Maryland in 2007, then charged their bills under a plan approved by regulators. The commission and lawmakers were deluged by furious customers, and the utility was forced to apologize and offer refunds.

When Maryland’s five utilities have their programs up and running, they will have invested about $1 billion through 2015. Pepco, which serves 750,000 residential customers in Maryland and the District, plans to subsidize a higher-end audit in both jurisdictions that will cost homeowners $100. Officials predict that at a minimum, Maryland customers could save $20 a year by replacing six conventional light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. By replacing 12 bulbs and a leaky heat pump, the savings could shoot to $700.

The story of the EPA and CFL’s- Does the EPA like the CFL? Maybe we should ask the CIA? January 29, 2009

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The Secret is out! The EPA thinks CFL's are ZBEST!

The Secret is out! The EPA thinks CFL's are ZBEST!

NO! You don’t need to talk to the CIA about CFL’s. But the EPA does know a thing or two about CFL’s (in case you don’t know what a CFL is ..it a Compact Fluorescent Light!)

So what does the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) think of CFL’s? Do they support the use of them? Do they believe we should use them to light our houses, homes, and businesses? Do they like their funny little shape?

The answer is :Yes. If you compare a CFL to a standard incandescent bulb, it offers many benefits. First and for mostit helps save energy and money. A CFL will use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb, and lasts up to 10 times longer if not more. If you replace a 60 watt incandescent with a 13 watt CFL you can see savings of at least $30 over the life of the bulb. These things pay for themselves! I think even the CIA ,FDA, and NBA could support something like that! The second thing about CFL’s is that they produce 70% less heat which means they can cut energy costs associated with home cooling! So EPA has found a find friend in the CFL..

ZOinks!

Dr Z

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P.S. Energy star has a zany new energy calculator that you can use to calculate the money you are going to save by switching to a CFL. Check out it out at the linke below!

http://www.energystar.gov/ia/business/bulk_purchasing/bpsavings_calc/CalculatorCFLs.xls

CFL Lightbulbs in Plain English January 22, 2009

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Zoinks! Its Dr Z here gang. Comin at you live with a a zany animated video that really explains why CFL lightbulbs are so very groovy. Check it out!

Dr Z

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Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs=Cash in your Pocket January 9, 2009

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Lets do the twist!

Lets do the twist!

Zoinks! Its me again, Dr Z!

You may have seen them. You may have heard about them. They are the hottest sensation since sliced bread. But few know that Compact Fluorescent light bulbs can actually save you money! You would be amazed at how much you spend on light bulbs. Lighting accounts for 20 percent of your electric bill at home and the average home has 30 light fixtures. Our dear friends at Environmental Protection Agency want to save us money and energy and therefore strongly recommends replacing standard bulbs in areas where lights are frequently used.(Family rooms, dining rooms, recreational rooms)  The EPA states on their ENERGY STAR site:

“If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

For the  individual household this means you save about $30 or more in electricity costs over  a compact fluorescent bulb’s lifetime, easily paying for its self several times over.

Until next time!

Dr Z

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Even Sea People from Atlantis like Compact Fluorescents!

Even Sea People from Atlantis like Compact Fluorescents!