turn it off!

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    Sep 12, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    How are you at turning things off that you're not going to use right away? One example is the lights in a room when you leave it. Or putting your computer to sleep.

    I feel like leaving lights on is just as bad as leaving the water running in the sink.
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:34 AM GMT
    I'm quick about it. Unnecessary resource usage of any kind is waste.

    Which begs the question...
















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    Sep 12, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    That's his job.
    will admit I do it on purpose: leave things on--often going around turning more things on when we're about to leave.
    He's freaking adorable when his OCD kicks in.
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    Compared to the old style bulbs, the energy used and heat produced by the new ones is practically negligible. I used to be careful. I still turn off most lights out of habit but if not I hardly give it a thought.

    It used to be like leaving water running but not anymore. If I'm doing a big landscape project like dividing bamboo and using city water, my bill can go up five times in just that month--not horrible as my usual bill is practically nothing anyway, but just saying, I notice the difference.

    But when I added outdoor lighting, on all night until morning light, I kept watch on my electric bill. With all new bulbs, I couldn't tell the difference in cost.

    This works out very well for me because I've done every room with stained glass fixtures so I enjoy keeping at least a few lit up during the day even when I don't need the light, just to enjoy the colors.
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    I think there was a Mythbusters episode about this. icon_biggrin.gif

    EDIT:
    Found it..

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    Sep 12, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    When the power is out and I have to run on the generator, it becomes obvious what uses a lot of power. (Well, there are watt meters on the transfer switch for one thing, but the generator audibly lugs down when a big load comes on too.)

    The incandescent lights are HUGE. Even turning them down 30% with a dimmer switch reduces half the load without making them much less bright. Switching to fluorescents or LEDs makes a big difference. The other big load is the refrigerator. Everything else is pretty incidental. I suppose if one had electric heating it would be the biggest load.

    On the boat, I'm hyper-paranoid about electrical loads, because the batteries have a limited supply of amp-hours. Some day I'll get some solar panels. Even though I've switched to all LEDs, still the lights are the biggest continuous load. Motors (pumps, engine-start, or windlass) are bigger loads, but they only run momentarily.
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    Sep 12, 2013 5:40 AM GMT
    I'm very OCD when it comes to turning off lights and electricity not being used. But this only applies to my home. I don't feel this way when I'm at work because I don't care if I'm wasting their electricity or not. I guess I should, but I just don't!