Energy-Saving Steps and Missteps

A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly

With everyone scrambling to cut energy costs, I thought I’d pass along a few of my family’s timely tips:

1.  Replace energy-sucking halogen lamps (350-watts) with fluorescent floor lamps (63-watts) for the equivalent illumination.  I got mine at one store, then of course promptly found them at a neighboring store for two-thirds the price.  When you factor in the cost of gasoline in returning the original purchase, I probably saved fifteen cents.  But as my dad used to say, “If you take care of the pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves.”  Or was it, “Take care of the dollars because the pennies don’t matter a hoot?”

2.  Replace all light bulbs with fluorescent ones.  These bulbs are not to be used on a dimmer, on a 3- way switch, or in a top-heavy floor lamp.  They also shouldn’t be used in recessed receptacles because given the fact that…

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