It’s electric!

The second week of the Green Living class focused on Energy.  Water usage was the subject of the previous week’s course.  Here are some of the solutions outlined by the energy section of the course.

Replace incandescent bulbs with more efficient types like Compact Florescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED)

  • Lighting accounts for 12% of home energy use
  • CFLs use 1/4 the energy and lasts 10 times longer than standard incandescent
  • LEDs may last 50 to 100 times longer than CFLs
  • According to the EPA if every home replaced just one single incandescent bulb with a CFL, we would save enough electricity to light up three million homes
  • Check out Light Bulb Finder to help determine which types of bulbs are right for you.

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Purchase Green Power or Renewable Energy Credits (REC) to offset carbon-based power utilized.

  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) enables you to choose up to 100% renewable energy.  Currently LADWP provides 20% of it’s energy from renewable sources.  The cost is about $3 extra per month for the average $50 monthly power bill, your cost may vary.  More information about the Green Power Program through LADWP.
  • Contact the customer service number on your energy bill to find out if your provider offers this type of program.
  • Renewable Energy Credits are tradable, non-tangible energy commodities that represent proof that 1 megawatt hour of electricy was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource and can be purchased from a third party.  Find the programs and costs here.

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Change your behavior

  • Turn off lights when you leave rooms.  In almost all circumstances it is better to turn off the lights when leaving a room more than a couple of minutes.  Constant turning on and off of the light can affect the longevity of the bulb but using the types that outlast the incandescent should make this a moot point.
  • Unplug unused and rarely used electronics, appliances and chargers.  When your cell phone or computer charger is plugged in the wall but not charging the device, it is still using energy.
  • Change your thermostat settings and try and adjust to the temp change by layering in winter and de-layering in the summer and opening windows to cool off when possible instead of using A/C.

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Check for upcoming Green Living classes here.  You can start midway through the full course set and then take the missing courses in the next go around.

– GreenUp! Guy

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