[NAFEX] [Fwd: Home Energy], OT

Naomi Counides naomi at oznayim.us
Mon Dec 1 14:32:26 EST 2008

We are in the process of replacing our 17 year old AC with a new very
efficient geothermal heat pump. It comes with a new thermostat which can
have different settings during the 24 hour day.  Also went to high
efficiency washer dryer plus a clothes line in season.  Using my handy dandy
sewing skills to replace some window coverings with "attractive" quilted

We have been using CFLs for 16 years so now we are moving into LEDs. Already
have the windows.  Code prevents us from having a Tankless water heater in
the house..would have to repipe it I am told, but the Heat pump also heats
water some.

Smart Power strips sound interesting.  I am also planning to Xmas gift my
husband who leaves lights on with special new light switches.

Planning to replace old inefficient dishwasher but am waiting on new models
which meet (or exceed) the new standards.

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Sadler
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 11:54 AM
To: dan at phantomlake.net; 'North American Fruit Explorers'
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] [Fwd: Home Energy], OT

Off topic, but interesting.  We've reduced our home energy use by 60% the
past couple years.  Conservation is the quickest, easiest, and largest first
step toward sustainable, carbon-neutral (atmospheric-carbon-reducing is
what's needed) energy. 

What we've put in:

1. Whole house fan (we're in CA central valley, with hot (90s and 100s) dry
summers; this cut our cooling costs 60%)
2. CFL lighting
3. Flippy on-off switch for kitchen faucet
4. Dual-pane energy efficient windows
5. Extremely energy-efficient washer - also spin-dries so efficiently dryer
time is cut in half
6. Smart Power strips that completely shut off electronics not in use
7. Tankless water heater 
8. 1 KW Solar panel
9. Additional attic insulation (in process)

We haven't reduced use or quality of appliances, lights, electronics - just
increased our energy efficiency.

~ Stephen

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Dan Sorensen
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 3:32 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] [Fwd: Home Energy]


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