Hoboken QLC: Green Tips
Here is the latest installment from the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition (Committee for a Green Hoboken):
Quick Tips for a Green Hoboken
Everyone seems to now know about changing incandescent light bulbs to the new twisted-up fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) which save energy while saving you money. You probably are already aware that when buying electronics and appliance items such as TVs, fans, washers, oil burners and the like that you save money and the globe by looking for the ENERGYSTAR label.
Here’s how to save even more.
Tip 1: Discounted EnergyStar
Tip 2: Block the breeze
It may be a no-brainer but when winter comes and the window shades start rattling and the curtains move with the winter breezes outside, it’s time to seal up your windows. Not only will this provide more comfort but it will reduce the use of energy while saving money on your heating bill. Even those of you with double paned windows may have leakage due to improperly installed windows (several brand-new condo buildings may even have these problems.) Various kinds of tapes and other sealants for cracks around windows are available at hardware stores.
Tip 3: Switch the bulbs
CFLs provide 6,000 to 10,000 hours of light and cost anywhere from 99 cents to $2.50 per bulb. You will see on some bulbs reference to “kelvins.” Experts note that 5,000 degrees of Kelvin and above provide the best lighting. An easy conversion guide: 75-watt traditional bulb can be replaced with a 23-watt CFL.
There are different types of energy-saving bulbs such as the CFLs (most efficient), halogen, xenon or krypton bulbs, LED. Use halogen, xenon or krypton for chandeliers; CFLs or LED strip for undercounter lighting. Halogen and CFLs are good in recessed fixtures.
For more info about lights see Consumer Reports October 2008, Martha Stewart Living 2008.