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post #31 of 50
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Reverse their flow in the winter. Most fans come with a reverse switch somewhere near the motor. In the summer you blow cool air down. In the winter on reverse you circulate the heat in the room up towards the ceiling which circulates it back towards the floor (heat rises). But don't do what I did once - flip the reverse switch when the fan is running. Look for a small black squarish button somewhere above the blades on the motor part of the fan.
I know it has a switch to change the direction, but which direction is the right direction?
post #32 of 50
We do plan on getting Solar once we are all settled here.
post #33 of 50
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We shower together to save water

So that's what you call it..."saving water"
post #34 of 50
I'm sad to say, I'm not "Green" at all. It takes money to be "Green", and I'm barely surviving. However, I did purchase these lights a few years ago, that said they last up to 5 years. They look different than your regular light, in that the end looks like a curl or ringlet. So far they've lasted about 7 years. I don't know if they're CRL's or not. I do remember they were really expensive, though.
post #35 of 50
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I'm sad to say, I'm not "Green" at all. It takes money to be "Green", and I'm barely surviving
Actually I find it saves money, using less water & electricity, making homemade cleaners etc.

Also, recycling doesn't cost anything.
post #36 of 50
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Actually I find it saves money, using less water & electricity, making homemade cleaners etc.

Also, recycling doesn't cost anything.
I agree. I use homemade cleaners. Vinegar goes a long long way.
post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
Reverse their flow in the winter. Most fans come with a reverse switch somewhere near the motor. In the summer you blow cool air down. In the winter on reverse you circulate the heat in the room up towards the ceiling which circulates it back towards the floor (heat rises). But don't do what I did once - flip the reverse switch when the fan is running. Look for a small black squarish button somewhere above the blades on the motor part of the fan.
One important point: In the summer, if you're not in the room, turn off the fan. It doesn't actually change the temperature, it just fools your skin into thinking it's cooler. When YOU aren't there, it's not doing anything but stirring up air and using electricity and actually producing heat.

If you have high ceilings, as we do, reversing in the winter can bring the heat down to a lower level, keep it more constant. But they have to be on low speed; any more than that will make you feel cooler.

Almost all the lights in our house have been switched over to CF's. We have a row of 6 over our sinks in our master bath. When we had normal lights there, it was 6 x 60 watts, or 360 watts. Now it's 6 x 12 watts, or 72 watts, just a little more than ONE of the original lights. However, since they are the type in a globe, they take a few seconds to reach full brightness.
post #38 of 50
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I'm sad to say, I'm not "Green" at all. It takes money to be "Green", and I'm barely surviving. However, I did purchase these lights a few years ago, that said they last up to 5 years. They look different than your regular light, in that the end looks like a curl or ringlet. So far they've lasted about 7 years. I don't know if they're CRL's or not. I do remember they were really expensive, though.
It is much cheaper to be green. In the beginning of this thread there is a link to homemade cleaners. I have one of the mixes in a spray bottle, and that is what I clean the kitchen counter, sink and everything else with. It works better than any cleaning prodouct, doesn't have the disgusting smell, and cost pennies!

I have yet to find a "natural" dishwasher soap. I bought the ECO no phosphate, and it left a powdery film on the dishes. Anyone have a recipe for that?
post #39 of 50
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I recycle anything and everything we can. I do not use air conditioning, not even in my car
A minor point: At any speed above 45 or so, all modern cars are more efficient with the windows up and the A/C running than with the windows down and the A/C off.
post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
I know it has a switch to change the direction, but which direction is the right direction?
Just put your hand out and feel how the air is flowing. If it flows straight down, you have the summer setting. If in doubt, hold a piece of paper in the air under the fan and see which way it blows. The paper will pull upwards towards the fan with the winter setting. It will blow straight down against your arm for the summer setting.

Other posts reminded me of other things we do:
We drink tap water. I have a couple of plastic water bottles that I fill out of my tap and I carry them with me when I'm out.
I don't use paper plates, napkins or plastic cutlery. Build up a big supply of cloth napkins and they easily last thru the week. They're small enough to fit in a load of clothes which I have to wash anyway.
I support local food producers. If I can find a product created locally, I'll spend a little bit more for it rather than buy things shipped cross country.
I do everything I can to avoid buying products from overseas. It's becoming harder and harder to do.
We're looking to reinsulate our attic and found a product made out of recycled blue jeans. How cool will that be?
We're looking at new flooring for our house (our carpet is beyond trashed) and are looking at bamboo. Do you realize that not all bamboo is equal? The type we are looking at is called stranded bamboo, which uses the remnants of bamboo that they don't use when cutting the normal horizontal/vertical cut woods. It's stronger and lasts longer than the regular bamboo floors. Most bamboo's are also saturated with formaldahyde which is not only horrible for the environment, but for you and your pets health. We found a source that doesn't use it. We're saving our money now.
post #41 of 50
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One important point: In the summer, if you're not in the room, turn off the fan. It doesn't actually change the temperature, it just fools your skin into thinking it's cooler. When YOU aren't there, it's not doing anything but stirring up air and using electricity and actually producing heat.
I leave mine on simply because the critters lay under them to stay cool in the summer, at least on days when the air conditioner is turned off (which is most days). My BBD (big black dog) lives under the ceiling fans, particularly the one in the kitchen where I have a porcelain floor.
post #42 of 50
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Just put your hand out and feel how the air is flowing. If it flows straight down, you have the summer setting. If in doubt, hold a piece of paper in the air under the fan and see which way it blows. The paper will pull upwards towards the fan with the winter setting. It will blow straight down against your arm for the summer setting.
OMG, I had two of them going the wrong way. I think counter clockwise is summer and clockwise must be winter. Figures I don't find out till the end of august.
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
It is much cheaper to be green. In the beginning of this thread there is a link to homemade cleaners. I have one of the mixes in a spray bottle, and that is what I clean the kitchen counter, sink and everything else with. It works better than any cleaning prodouct, doesn't have the disgusting smell, and cost pennies!

I have yet to find a "natural" dishwasher soap. I bought the ECO no phosphate, and it left a powdery film on the dishes. Anyone have a recipe for that?
Before I start my list I bought a number of products from a company called Biokleen that makes a phospate and chlorine free automatic dish powder but using up the old stuff first. www. bi-o-kleen.com.
post #44 of 50
We heat our house with wood. Wood that comes from our farm up north -trees that have to be removed due to decay/being on fence line, etc... The 19 acres of woods is in Wisconsin managed forest land.
We do not have A/C.
I use the solar dryer (aka clothesline) from about mid-April to October. In the winter I have a drying raCk for the clothes so the energy star dryer gets a load/week.
The washer is a front load.
Grow the majority of produce and can/freeze. By other produce locally grown.
Compost ALOT!!
CFL in majority of light fixtures. Bulbs that burn out are replaced by CFL's. In cold garage they take longer to "warm up". Neils workshop is all flourescent.
Solar lights for garden paths.
When out and about use recylable bags and NEVER BUY bottled water-big waste of $$$.
I cook all our food and very seldom buy frozen/convience foods. To me a can of soup is a convience food.
Our floor in the 2nd level of our house was maple flooring we reclaimed from an old school house.
My garden shed had recycled wood from our roof and from an office being torn down.
Under our vehicle I have those plastic office mats to protect the floor.
Sometimes I shovel the large driveway instead of using snowblower.
Programable thermostats in the family room, kitchen and living room. We rarely turn on the electric heat in the bedrooms.
Combine errands many times after I am done working (and looking a bit sweaty). One can fit alot of stuff in the cab of a full size pickup (a regular cab not supercab)
Traded in the Ford Explorer a couple years ago for a mid size car.
Recycle paper, glass, aluminum. scrap metal (scrap wood gets burned in stove)
Use freecycle and craigslist and donate to Goodwill
post #45 of 50
I just barely got started myself. This spring my water heater died, and I replaced it with one of those wall mounted "on demand" water heaters. It's da' bomb. Only uses electricity when there's a flow of water through it. Just a few days ago I replaced all the lights with CFL's, except for the porch, the deck and the closets. In them, I used halogens. They are more "instant on" and short burn time than CFL's, just not as economical. But they are far better than the old incandescent bulbs.

And reusable cloth shopping bags But that's all so far.
post #46 of 50
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We heat our house with wood. Wood that comes from our farm up north -trees that have to be removed due to decay/being on fence line, etc...o Goodwill

Wow, you are really green. When you heat with the wood, is it in a fireplace? I have a fireplace, and it will make that room warm, but all the other rooms are freezing if I turn down the heat for the fireplace. I only use it for entertainment value. I normally use gas heat, set at 66 during waking hours, 63 overnight. It does get cold though, especially if it is really cold and windy. I would use the fireplace more, if the heat could reach the rest of the rooms.

I have the programmable automatic thermostat, and I am sure that saves a lot of money. It was here when I bought the house, I think they are only around 200.00 installed, maybe less, and it must save a ton of money. It has 4 settings for weekdays and weeknd days are programmed separate. That would be a good start for anyone who wants to save money on energy bills.
post #47 of 50
We have an cast iron box insert in our fireplace. I'd never seen them until we moved to this area but they are very common here. It has a circulating fan that will suck the heat from the fireplace and blow it into the room. When we get it going, we can turn the temperature in our house down to about 55. We'll sleep in the living room and shut the heat vents off to the rest of the house. Our backyard has 2 large trees that are dead. We call them our "vertical firewood holders". When a branch falls off of them, we cut it up for firewood and that's been keeping us going for the last 2 winters. We have another 30+ trees dieing from Dutch Elm disease and Boxelder bugs. As those go we'll use them for firewood. We'll have firewood for probably the next 30 years. And we've already planted about 100 new trees on the property to take over once the older trees are dead.
post #48 of 50
I have the curly light bulbs.
I drive a subcompact car only when necessary. I have cut out all driving that isn't necessary, though that part is mostly because of the high cost of gas.
I switched to organic dairy and very rarely eat meat.
I bought a front loading washing machine two years ago.
I take a short shower every other day. I have always taken short showers but switching to every other day rather than every day took some getting used to.
I use some natural cleaners but I do still use some of the regular ones.
I have never used paper plates or plastic silverware. I do still use some paper towels but not nearly as many as I used to use and I use the select a size ones.
Since it is usually just me I don't use the dishwasher. I wash all the dishes from the day by hand at the end of the day.
I do still use airconditioning because I get sick headaches when it is really warm but I don't run it constantly all summer.
post #49 of 50
I consider myself green in most ways.
I have a trunk full of bags for my groceries - I bought a crate to put them in so my trunk looks organized, not like my house.

I go to one of my grocery stores every day or other day so that I can cook whatever looks good. All of them are on my normal go to club, kids, class, etc. routes so I am trying to use less gas. So, I save over buying because I shop for what I need in the way of perishables. I try not to use the plastic bags for produce whenever I can. I will only put vegetables in a plastic bag if they are wet.

I definitely am not green when it comes to cleaning products. I am better with personal products.

We are having a drought in CA. We cut back on watering what little lawn that a prior owner thought that we should have here. KY blue grass in CA. I don't think so. When it dies, I am planting rocks.
Made DH buy a new toilet, low flow, for the main bathroom. Master toilet is not that old and the third does not get used very often.

Our trash collection company gives us a regular bin, a recycle bin and a green bin for yard stuff. Last year they gave us compost bins for the kitchen and we can put that in the green yard bin. Happily composting since then.

We turned down/up whatever the thermostat. To save energy, I run the dishwasher/washer at night. I hang things to dry whenever I can.

We have all those light bulbs.

I won't give up on how often I have a TV or more on in our house. I am the one with the 4 BR, 6 TV house.
post #50 of 50
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We are having a drought in CA. We cut back on watering what little lawn that a prior owner thought that we should have here. KY blue grass in CA. I don't think so.

When we had a drought, I would use my used bathtub water for my garden. Just filled up bottles and took it out. (yes. I need a bath, hate showers.)
Why not plant some native perennials or tomato plants instead of rocks?
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