Pacticallity, what have you done lately?

@basqui (3890)
Philippines
May 21, 2010 8:56pm CST
We just changed the old bulbs in the house. It used to be incandescent lamps and now it's fluorescent. It consumes less electricity and it's practical now that we are going through energy saving times, What have you done lately that is really a way to change your everyday life into practical living?
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@savak03 (6686)
• United States
22 May 10
Well, I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but.... In our house we have gas heat and that is the only thing we use gas for. As the weather started warming up I would turn the heater off. During the day it was quite warm outside and heating was not needed. Of course at night it would get a little chilly and it was nice to be able to turn the heater on and knock the chill off of the house in the morning. The problem was that after I would leave the house for work each morning my daughter in law would turn the heater on and run it all day. Then when I got home it would be 80 or 90 degrees in the house and I would have to turn on the AC. So.... I finally went down to the gas company and had them shut the gas off, completely. Of course it was a little inconvenient on those chilly mornings but I am saving a ton on the utilities payments now.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
22 May 10
Lol, you're daughter-in-law may have not realized that you are the one paying for the bills and not her. Well, it's a big cut in the bills I'm sure. It's better to deal with chills by getting more clothes on rather than taking clothes off when it's hot. lol
@savak03 (6686)
• United States
22 May 10
Oh she knew, she just didn't care. Funny you said that about putting clothes on. I think that was the reason she was always so cold. She would always run around half dresses.
@savak03 (6686)
• United States
22 May 10
Oh he is always telling her to put something on. She's a hard headed child though.
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
22 May 10
The only change i had guts and time for is solar heating. And now it's freaking winter. What a great help that was. TATA.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
22 May 10
OH, too bad no more sun eh?
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
22 May 10
Thats not funny sweetie. It's freaking cold.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
22 May 10
Oh, haven't you not get ready for the season? Maybe you should have bought firewood for the fireplace or sweaters or comforters for the night?
@yresh12 (3222)
• Philippines
22 May 10
Hi basqui!! What I've done? Sleep and get more sleep. I haven't slept the last couple of weeks. That's why I'm just chillaxing for now.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
22 May 10
That's real energy-saving yresh. hehe
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
22 May 10
I'm using both flourescent lamps and bulbs at home.. haha =D BUt those bulbs i'm using belongs to those energy saving ones, and thus electricity saving too.. hehe ^_^ Other than that, it will be the usage of my air-con at home.. I will only be switching it on when i'm about to sleep, which is around 2am, and switching it off at 6-7am, when i wake up.. haha =D After which, i will use the fan instead, and that will be more than enough to cool the whole room.. hehe
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
22 May 10
Nice, Aircon consumes more energy of course so it's a good thing you don't have to use it overtime. The fan could cool down the room when effectively positioned in a corner.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
22 May 10
I usually just walk when where I'm going is not that far. It saves money, a great exercise, help the environment by minimizing pollution from vehicles, etc.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
22 May 10
Well, that's good for you. Too bad there is not much fresh air on the streets so we have to get a mask when walking in the streets right?
• United States
22 May 10
Wasn't too long ago .. that I switched out the old bulbs for florescent. It's suppose to become mandatory here soon. Lately I have been scouring the classifieds for a telecommute job. Joy
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
22 May 10
YEah, it should be on all countries to save energy, What's a telecommute job?
@Hatley (159449)
• Garden Grove, California
22 May 10
hi basque well today I have done nothing but mylot but yesterday I tackled the new state of the art atm machines in Bank of America and wow just wow,it tells you every step to deposit a check, deposit money or take money out, and so easy to do too. no envelopes no standing in long lines, I am now brought into the 21st century and everything my son Robbie told me about the atms was true, it took me maybe five minutes as I had to wrestle with my handbag, but the actual transactions only took two minutes. Hurray for progress.It is much more practical as it is done electronically no people to put down the wrong amounts and make human errors. good deal loved using the new ATM machines.
@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
22 May 10
Wow, wished we have some atm's ere in the Philippines which work that way too, That's a huge improvement in banking!
@dorannmwin (36697)
• United States
24 May 10
Well, once I started reading this discussion, I realized that I was a little bit chilly so I turned up the thermostat a few degrees. But I don't really think that is what you are talking about. A couple of the other things that we have done in our house to help save energy are we have added extra insulation into our upper attic (made a great difference during the winter, it is yet to be seen for the summer). We are running almost all fluorescent lights in our house and we are using these things that seal our doors better so we have less heat/cool loss during the extremes of the seasons.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
23 May 10
I've been making energy (money) saving changes for years and I'm almost changed out. When I built my home in 2005, I built with insulated concrete form, rather than wood, which gives me an r value of 52 in the walls. I put energy efficient windows and doors in and bought all energy-saving appliances/lights. I even have automatic faucets to save water and use a water treatment system that captures and treats all the wastewater (black and grey) that I create and then I use that treated water to irrigate my native-plant (mostly rock) landscape. Since building my house, I've also retired, so I drive in to town, now, only about once or twice a week, instead of everyday. Every year, I re-weatherize everything, just because... I keep the thermastat set up in the summer (because I can with the insulation in this house) and the thermastat set down in the winter. My electric and propane bills are nothing compared to people with homes my size and smaller. Oh, I also use solar heat to warm the water in the water heater before the electricy kicks in. And recently, besides saving aluminum...I've started a compost pile to reduce my solid waste stream.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
23 May 10
Well...I haven’t done it yet but it is on my shopping list for tomorrow when I will go to the grocery store. I’m going to buy new batteries for the smoke detectors in my house. They are still working but they should be changed at least once a year and they are overdue...Can you imagine not waking up to a fire because you forgot to change the detector’s batteries?