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Posted by Jeremy on September 5, 2003, 10:44 pm
 
After some months of scatterbrained and
haphazard research I have finally arrived
at the solution!

I'd appreciate any of you guru's pointing
me in the right direction if I'm going down
the wrong path here.

It seems that the only way to save money
on energy is to use less of it.  I guess I'll
start turning off the lights when I leave the
room.



Posted by Peterthinking on September 6, 2003, 12:17 am
 
I've been meaning to put a motion sensor light in the laundry room....
every time I leave my hands are full and I can't shut it off.

by the time I get upstairs I forget it's on and it burns all night.

Pfffffffttt!!

Peter



Posted by Pike on September 6, 2003, 3:42 am
 One of my basic ones is to cook food at just the boiling point. Any extra
heat applied to the pot only makes more steam, you can't cook anything
faster or better with a rolling boil. Electric clothes dryers are one of the
worst wasters, we know that 50% of the  heat  delivered to an electric
heating appliance goes up the chimney of the generating station, while wind
and sunshine are wasted outdoors. Even in winter we  wet a sponge on the
furnace in order to humidify the air we breath, while drying wet clothes in
a dryer- I lay laundry on radiators. I know these means arent't for
everyone, because of of family and career demands, but hey, we lived on half
as much energy in the 50's  as does most of the world today.


Posted by Vaughn on September 6, 2003, 2:08 pm
 

Yes, that is exactly right.  I reduce the heat as soon as bulk boiling is
achieved.


...And it is not just energy that they waste, they bake and beat your
clothes into submission.

     We try to reduce our use of the dryer by hanging up clothes while still
damp and using the shortest possibly cycle to dry clothing that does not go
on a hanger.  Pike is correct in that if we had more kids or less time, we
would not be able to be as careful.



Vaughn



Posted by Chris on September 10, 2003, 12:29 pm
 
It's a shame that so many homeowner associations are now banning
clothes lines. Evidently, maintaining property values and conserving
energy are mutually exclusive these days. :(

Chris

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