Hoboken QLC: Green Tips

11/1/2008:

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.

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Here’s how to save even more.

Tip 1: Discounted EnergyStar

Products on line such as the CFLs noted above as well as fixtures, ceiling fans and much more. Go to efi.org or njcleanenergy.com or call 1-866-807-1317.

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.

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6 Comments on "Hoboken QLC: Green Tips"

Tama Murden
Member

Re Matt: Great & useful info. Thanks!

matt_72
Member
[quote comment=”116003″]How are we supposed to recycle/dispose of the compact fluorescent bulbs? Hoboken doesn’t take them. Everyone is pushing for switching to them, but no one seems mention how to safely get rid of them. They contain mercury and they aren’t supposed to be thrown in the trash. If one is to break in your house, the mercury emissions would technically require an environmental cleanup. The amount of mercury released by a broken CFL far exceeds EPA safety standards.[/quote] Home Depot takes them. Those bulbs last for years so it wouldn’t be as if you need to run over to JC all that often to drop off an old bulb and get a replacement. And that glass is pretty well made. It doesn’t crack anywhere near as much as a regular bulb. Unless you are a drunk that likes to knock over lamps or you hold wrestling matches in your living room, I wouldn’t worry about “breaking” a bulb. It won’t crack just b/c the lamp falls over. And it isn’t as if you would ever knock over a recessed light so you can always just use them on your ceiling light fixtures. As for the mercury issue, you expose yourself daily to all sorts of carcinogens (cleaning chemicals, pesticides, etc….) and to not use a product b/c if you break it (b/c you were careless or some such nonsense) seems like a complete cop-out to me. Energy efficiency starts at home and this is one of the easiest switches… Read more »
ajm
Member

How are we supposed to recycle/dispose of the compact fluorescent bulbs? Hoboken doesn’t take them. Everyone is pushing for switching to them, but no one seems mention how to safely get rid of them. They contain mercury and they aren’t supposed to be thrown in the trash.

If one is to break in your house, the mercury emissions would technically require an environmental cleanup. The amount of mercury released by a broken CFL far exceeds EPA safety standards.

matt_72
Member

[quote comment=”115974″]If you put in these new screw in flourescent lamps you can not use dimmeers with them so keep that in mind when using them.I change all of of my bulbs over and have no complaints or problems with their use. In the bigger home centers they have these lamps in floodlight style for recessed lighting.[/quote]

Target also carries a decent selection. I picked mine up there. I was actually surprised that the floodlight bulbs worked so well. I half expected them to throw off a blue-ish light and the light thrown off actually was not appreciably different than the light from the old incandescent bulbs. This switch is by far the easiest switch any person claiming to be environmentally aware can make to their daily lives. I just wish they had a bulb that replicated the bulbs in the light fixtures in the bathroom over the mirror. Those (and the fridge & oven lights) are the last incandescent bulbs in the place and with luck I can replace those fixtures next time I paint so I can also put CFLs in bathroom.

escaped68
Member

If you put in these new screw in flourescent lamps you can not use dimmeers with them so keep that in mind when using them.I change all of of my bulbs over and have no complaints or problems with their use. In the bigger home centers they have these lamps in floodlight style for recessed lighting.

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