March 10, 2008

Energy - Replace my Appliances and Lightbulbs

Changing Consumer purchasing patterns

Eleonore de Lusignan

Today in the US, an average home can spend $1,900 on energy costs. By changing your purchasing patterns You can reduce these costs and benefit the environment.

"ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10–50% less energy and water than standard models."

In 2006 the success of the Energy Star Program led to the reduction of CO2 emissions equivalent to 25 million cars and utility bill savings of $14 billion.

The Energy Star program was with joint efforts from the EPA ( Environmental Protection Agency) and DOE. The Department of Energy has also developed the The U.S. Department of Energy's Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program. This programs sets the energy efficiency standards for manufacturers, creating guide lines, regulations, and testing product procedures.

Now energy star products are readily available. Philips Lighting company is one of the main leaders in fluorescent bulbs. One fluorescent light bulb can last 10 times longer then a standard incandescent light bulb.
Others have followed or also lead the way such as the Federal Government of Australia, who a complete phase out of incandescent light bulb within the next 2 years. Wal-Mart is also making the initiative in their stores by converting all their light bulb, and estimate to save $ 7 million
dollars per year.
For more tips on how you can save energy look at this checklist

Here's the video I was talking about in class about LED paper by GE:

Here's an interactive home that tells you what changes you can do for your home.

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