Green and Saving

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


So, in this month's mortgage bill from those people that don't seem to want to just forgive all debt and GIVE me my house, I find this "Green for Green" statement. In it are all kinds of tidbits on being a better green consumer... some are even kind of smart. I liked the part about the new CFL (compact fluorescent bulb) light bulbs (I say new in a relative sense). Some of the facts they state are:
1. A single CFL has the life expectancy of 10 standard incandescent light bulbs.
2. If everyone changed over 1 light bulb from incandescent to CFL (yeah, just one bulb), you could save as much as $30 on your next energy bill.
3. Each CFL prevents 450+ pounds of greenhouse emissions gas over its lifetime. Now, I'm not jumping on the global warming bandwagon here, but I do believe that we should take care of the earth that God has given us to watch over...

So, want to know more? Go to http://www.energystar.gov/. I liked this quote from them:
"If every American replaced one light bulb with an Energy-Star qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year."
3 million homes. That pays.
*I feel as though I MUST mention here that CFL's contain Mercury... i.e. don't break them and don't throw them in your trashcan when you're done with them.

Another little something they had was a way to recycle your old decrepit cell phone(s). http://www.flipswap.com/ - they'll find your local retailer and give you a way to send in for free your old phone for money (or you can do it for a tax break instead). Yeah, more savings!

And this was another neat little website gadget... http://www.shipgooder.com/
Talk about making it easy... these people prompt you for the origin & destination zip codes along with a package weight & then they return you a page with all the rates from the top shipping companies... DHL, UPS, FedEx, USPS... all on one page. Yeah, even more savings!

1 comments:

Kathryn Maberry September 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM  

Thanks for the "green" tips. I started switching over to the "corkscrew" lightbulbs a long time back, just replacing the regular bulbs as they burned out. I can't tell that it has saved me much $$$, because you know I like to have a lot of lights on all the time but I do know that I don't have to replace bulbs nearly as often. The two over my kitchen sink have been there for at least a year and I leave that particular light on almost 24/7.

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