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Luna Hardee
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Posted - June 16 2017 :  23:32:53  Show Profile Send Luna Hardee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi. What else do you do to lower the cost of energy? I suggested the use of solar power but our company can't afford the cost. Can you share other ways?

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49er
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Posted - June 17 2017 :  10:14:59  Show Profile Send 49er a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Luna

We will need to know where in the world you live (in general). Solar doesn't have to be electrical.

Doug
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olddawgsrule
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Posted - June 18 2017 :  08:42:18  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The approach to savings is different depending upon your industry. Manufacturing, Retail, etc..

Yet at the same time the basic approach is the same. What I mean is step one is always identifying the problem areas.

What is using up the power?

Same approach works for your home. What appliances are on all the time? How efficient are they? And do they need to be?
Heating / Cooling / lighting etc...
My biggest electricity thief is 'ghost runners'. All those appliances that run in idle when not being used.
I'm also bad on turning off my computer, my fans, and yes sometimes even a light or two..

Tell us more and let's see if we can help.




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wealthyoutraged
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Posted - June 25 2017 :  19:33:15  Show Profile Send wealthyoutraged a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Solar power is really the best but it costs too much as well. Try changing all your lights to LED. I saved quite a lot at home when we switched.
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Karen Stogz
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Posted - July 07 2017 :  10:37:16  Show Profile Send Karen Stogz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just monitor my monthly consumption and from there I find ways on how to save energy, does that make sense? :)

Edited by - Karen Stogz on July 07 2017 10:38:05
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Luciano
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Posted - July 09 2017 :  07:46:33  Show Profile Send Luciano a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wealthyoutraged

Solar power is really the best but it costs too much as well. Try changing all your lights to LED. I saved quite a lot at home when we switched.


Well i think it all depends what lamps you have,
I switched some, others i did not.
There is a calculator online telling you how many years it will take until you make savings.. (LEDs can be quite expensive)

for instance i have a very big chandelier in my living room, crystal with 18 lamps... with 15watts each.. looking like candles.



Changing it to LED (those as filament leds are about $12 each.)
Thats 12x18 = $210

But i only turn it on like for 10 minutes when i have more than 6 guests.. so that will be like 15 times a year.. 150 minutes a year.
i found an online calculator that calculates amortisation of LED in a household. So i entered that one... it says it will be amortized in 42 years...

well I am not going to change that one for a long time...

So my point is.. only switch to LED for lights you use often!!!!


Luc
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olddawgsrule
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Posted - July 09 2017 :  09:02:21  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Karen Stogz

I just monitor my monthly consumption and from there I find ways on how to save energy, does that make sense? :)



Absolutely it does! I look for those Wattage stealers and find ways to reduce as well. I bought a Kill-a-watt meter (cheap enough) to read usage of those.

I find one of 'my' greatest wastes is leaving the computer on. Since I jump on and off all day (pleasure & work) it's simpler to just leave on.
My solution is my laptop. Besides I can take it outside (like right now) and use!



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49er
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Posted - July 09 2017 :  12:22:50  Show Profile Send 49er a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As long as you charge it with solar its free

Doug
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olddawgsrule
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Posted - July 09 2017 :  13:43:02  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just bought a whole house energy monitor. Been looking at this for quite some time now and finally bought one.

The Kill-a-watt meter is great for separate appliances and locating your biggest draws. Funny how my old Frig consumes less than our new Energy Star one does.. Would not have thought so, but readings prove it.

I used to just watch my bills and record what I was using, yet that doesn't lock down the draws.

I'll post up what it is, if indeed it does what it says. For now, I'd prefer not to mention in case it doesn't. Then only I wasted my money.

There's another product out there I've been watching. Basically it's a wire-less switch with receiver outllets. The premise is to plug in those appliances that run of standby constantly (ghost usage) and cuts the power to them.
It's a great idea, but reviews are not so great as of yet. It still needs development. Well and costs to come down a bit.

I'm a huge proponent of watching those Ghost users!

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olddawgsrule
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Posted - July 09 2017 :  13:54:29  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 49er

As long as you charge it with solar its free



Well, sort of.. remember the cost of your panels, controller, etc...
Nothing is free! LOL

I do find re-charging the Laptop (the old one) is cheaper than running the desk top all day. This new one will run 5 times as long and process so much more! Charges back up in about 30 minutes.

Technology is a really cool thing!

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49er
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Posted - July 09 2017 :  14:18:14  Show Profile Send 49er a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You can fill a 5 gal bucket with an eye dropper or a fire hose but it still takes 5 gal. its just time and like you say it all has to do with the cost and whether or not you like to save or spend. LOL

Doug
The sky is not the limit...There are footprints on the MOON.
Your only as DUMB as where your standing.
No matter where you go there you are.
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olddawgsrule
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Posted - July 14 2017 :  17:56:27  Show Profile  Visit olddawgsrule's Homepage Send olddawgsrule a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by 49er

You can fill a 5 gal bucket with an eye dropper or a fire hose but it still takes 5 gal. its just time and like you say it all has to do with the cost and whether or not you like to save or spend. LOL

Ya, but you have to agree that if the eye dropper cost me a dollar a drop it just not economic efficient.
As it is in a Commercial environment. Solar has it's place, but if equipment is outdated, then cost of return is very low.
This is the point I've tried to put forward. Find the abuses, identify them. Then decide how to proceed.

As Ziggy Marley says: Don't know your past, don't know your future. Well, at least the song I like..
Don't now your abuses, don't know how to cure.

My 2 cents only.. Worth every penny!

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49er
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Posted - July 14 2017 :  18:55:35  Show Profile Send 49er a Private Message  Reply with Quote
LOL your funny ODR

Doug
The sky is not the limit...There are footprints on the MOON.
Your only as DUMB as where your standing.
No matter where you go there you are.
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