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WIS Troubleshooter Judi Gatson

Simple Savings: Power bills

(Columbia) Dec. 11, 2002 - The Meyer's enjoy their bright kitchen, but the eight recessed lights come with a price. When they have parties the lights get really hot.
 
Lighting designer Mark Raissen took out the 75 watt incandescent lights and replaced them with 15 watt "compact fluorescent" energy saving lights. 
 
Raissen says the old lights registered 4.9 amps compared to, "We are now at 2.5 amps. Wow, that's 50% energy. Each bulb will save you a dollar a month." That amounts to a savings of $96 a year. 

Mark also demonstrated how dimmer switches save energy. The dining room lights registered 2.7 amps, but dimmed lights were 2.1, "You are saving a third of your electrical energy." Mark estimates that adds up to $24 a year. 
 
He next reduced the bulbs in a hallway stand light by 400 watts. The new fluorescent bulbs kept the same intensity using a third of the energy for a savings of $60 annually. 
 
In a bedroom, instead of a 200 watt incandescent light, Mark suggests bouncing a 50 watt compact fluorescent light off a picture, "All the light that bounces off the picture will create light in the room," and save about $24 a year. 
 
Mark says the clockwise winter setting on a ceiling fan keeps rising hot air circulating. While the counter clockwise summer setting creates a 5 to 8 degree windshield factor in a room. 
 
Mark told the Meyers they can save 10 percent in heating costs and 30% in cooling costs this way, "That would save $20 a month in the winter and save $45 a month in the summer, that's pretty good." 
 
Add that $440 savings to the total and the Meyer family can save $644 a year.  
 
Those energy saving fluorescent bulbs may be a little pricey, ranging from $8 to $10 a piece, but they last ten times longer than regular bulbs.
    
By Judi Gatson
Posted 10:12pm by BrettWitt

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