Energy saving lightbulbs are one way to cut down on energy consumption
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I know that Lowes and Home Depot have dimmable CFL. I have been using them for the past few months. They take about an minute to warm up but thay look great.
I'm dismayed at the lack of availability of dimmable and 3-way CFL bulbs. It seems like the big box retailers are not interested in selling them. I've changed most bulbs in my house to CFL, but I've got a lot of fixtures in my house on dimmers and would like to change those out, too.
When I have finished a box of cereal I use the wax paper bag inside for all the things people usually use plastic for. Sandwiches, freezer bags, left overs in the refridgerator etc. I never buy plastic bags, but somehow always end up with some, lettuce, bread etc. But by using the wax bags I feel I'm not buying plastic and I think that the wax paper can be recycled.
I would like to save energy, oil, and landfill space by recycling all the plastics that I end up throwing away because New York City's plastic recycling program will not accept them. Right now the city only recycles plastic bags and plastic bottles with necks smaller than the body. This leaves out all the plastic containers such as yogurt containers, etc. According to the NYC Wastele$$ website, the reason for why only plastic bottles and plastic bags are recycled is because apparently the other plastic products are not made from consistent resins or there is not a market for these other recyclable plastics: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwastelessI do not believe the excuse that there is no market for these plastics. But if it is true that the problem with recycling these plastics is the inconsistent resins, then is it possible to encourage more plastic manufacturers to use the same resins or at least the resins that are more marketable once recycled?
My pet peeve is that so few people realize how easy it is to choose certified renewable energy (from solar, wind, small hydro) on their monthly electricity bill. Right now, in New York City, Con Edison customers have both a wind/hydro and a 100% wind option which costs only a few extra cents per Kwh. If more green power were demanded by consumers than more electricity on the regional grid would HAVE to come from clean sources to satisfy the need. As your guest said earlier, energy use is going to keep increasing and we need a variety of solutions which push change and "meet in the middle" -- government regulation, energy efficiency, consumer demand, a smarter grid, evolution in renewable/clean tech. People seem to feel that their personal choices don't really add up to making a difference, but as consumers we have a lot of power. Why not a consumer movement to ONLY BUY ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES?(Go to www.green-e.org to see green electricity products state by state.)
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