I have had all my green friends tell me about these so called rebates on compact fluorescents that appear at different stores from time to time. Throughout my tours to different stores in Bakersfield, California I still had not seen the illusionary rebated CFL’s. Until one day, when I received a call from my girlfriend who was excited about finally finding the CFL Garden of Eden. She was at Rite-Aid in Northwest Bakersfield and said there were all types of CFL’s, all on sale for $.99 a pack. Not per bulb, per pack! They had several different types of packs in stock including packs of 3 100 Watters for $.99, and packs of 2 dimmables for $.99 (these are normally $7 to $10 dollars each). Like a mad stock broker, I yelled over the phone BUY BUY BUY! She picked up a plethora of bulbs amounting to whopping $16.09. For this small amount of cash I got 46 CFL bulbs! The rebates were instant and provided by PG&E and Sempra Energy. (Click Read More to Continue)
On a road trip to Las Vegas, I encountered a waterless urinal in a restroom at a bus stop, in Barstow, California. I immediately thought of the water savings and conveniences this unit would offer my business. I decided to adopt the same thinking and in place of the old water-wasting urinal is now a waterless replacement. Basic math indicates this new green restroom unit will save approximately 15,000 gallons of water per year over a traditional gallon per flush unit.
We are excited about the water savings as well as the prospect of not having to use a plunger. There is nothing worse than plunging a urinal. I don’t know if there is a special plunger for a urinal vs. a toilet, but the standard plunger always explodes the contents of the plugged urinal all over you and the walls. Why does anyone feel the need to flush a toothpick, gum wrapper, bumper sticker, paper towel, blister pack, sharpie cap, or business card down the urinal, anyway? Similar to the plunger vs. urinal fiasco, the overflowing urinal on a busy Friday night will not be missed. We had our traditional “flushing” urinal in place for 6 years and as mentioned above, it was continually a battle. (Click Read More to Continue)
Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of solar. We installed solar on our business and I plan to install solar on my home one day. But, before you install $20,000 ($7,000 after rebates) worth of solar PV panels on the roof, please perform an analysis of your current energy consumption habits. Check out what I did at the business to be more efficient.
Lengthwise Brewing Company, my workplace, installed a small solar system that produces 1.2 kWh per hour for five hours a day. After a quick investigation, I found that the system would not even provide enough energy to power the 25 track lights that provide ambiance lighting! Each track light bulb was a 50 watt halogen bulb. Therefore, the math goes like this:
Consumption Math (halogen bulbs)
25 bulbs x 50 watts = 1250 watts or 1.25 kWh
The lights are on for 12 hours a day
12 hours x 1.25 kWh = 15 kWh
Solar PV production Math
1.2 kWh x 5 hours = 6 kWh per day
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