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DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 10-10-2010, 01:45 PM
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Posted By nma
This is nonsense. No modern CFL draws more power...

This is nonsense. No modern CFL draws more power on startup than at any other point. I have no idea where you got this incorrect idea.

You are misquoting from the EPA site. Please don't propagate...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 10-08-2010, 02:28 PM
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Views: 4,614
Posted By nma
This is nonsense. There is some mercury in CFLS,...

This is nonsense. There is some mercury in CFLS, and broken cfls should be cleaned up and the area vented, but the total amount of mercury added through cfls is far less than the total saved by the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 10-07-2010, 03:07 PM
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Views: 4,614
Posted By nma
They don't require hazmat treatment. That is...

They don't require hazmat treatment. That is ridiculous.
"CFL starters use lots of energy just to fire the lights up so turning them on/off uses as much energy as running them a few hours."
That...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 09-07-2010, 02:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,801
Posted By nma
Well it's cheap, but that is about all it has...

Well it's cheap, but that is about all it has going for it. It is pretty much the worst option on all other measures.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 08-21-2010, 08:27 PM
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Posted By nma
Well yes, that's another issue. ;)

Well yes, that's another issue. ;)
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 08-21-2010, 12:39 PM
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Posted By nma
Well, the question here is to do with weight...

Well, the question here is to do with weight ratings. You can certainly stand on it if you are normal weight - the thing is supporting the roof, it will bear your weight. What it is not rated for is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 08-19-2010, 10:47 PM
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Views: 8,037
Posted By nma
Modern CFLs get bright pretty much immediately.

Modern CFLs get bright pretty much immediately.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 08-19-2010, 08:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,100
Posted By nma
It's possible a thermostat might be worthwhile if...

It's possible a thermostat might be worthwhile if your water heater is really old and poorly insulated, but modern ones it really probably isn't worth it.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 08-19-2010, 04:36 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By nma
No. Maintaining a temperature over a period of...

No. Maintaining a temperature over a period of time is always going to be more expensive than just heating it up when you need it. Having said that, I'm doubtful that this is going to save a lot of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 08-19-2010, 04:24 PM
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Posted By nma
I agree, there could be more, but there is quite...

I agree, there could be more, but there is quite a lot of this available already, some federal, some state, and some utility funded.


Well, these kinds of public service announcements are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 08-19-2010, 04:20 PM
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Posted By nma
At the moment it totally depends on the type of...

At the moment it totally depends on the type of system (water or pv) and the incentives available in your area. All other things being equal though, you should spend money on efficiency and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Green Energy and Sustenance Living 08-19-2010, 04:15 PM
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Posted By nma
Water heater replacement

I am looking to replace an 80% efficient gas tank heater with either a gas tankless or a Marathon 50 gallon tank unit. At the moment I'm tempted to go for the electric tank unit.
We used our 1500...
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