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I tried to be incognito getting fuel today (hours wait here in Brooklyn). People still were honking pissed thinking I was cutting the huge lines. A guy even got out of his car and yelled something. Then they noticed that I pulled in front of the diesel pump.

I'm happy I have a diesel car, its way better than driving the Prius my wife originally wanted.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Emissions and waste is a problem with almost any energy source that isn't 100% renewable. There is no argument that cfl bulbs do not benefit consumers financially by reducing the amount of energy consumed. Obviously the environmental benefit in lower consumption can depend on the mix of electricity generation. If it is pure hydro, solar, wind than yes environmentally it might be mute. However lower demand at peak times lowers supply costs to all utility customers as well as defers utility capital expenditures. So basically it costs you less money.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Emissions and waste is a problem with almost any energy source that isn't 100% renewable. There is no argument that cfl bulbs do not benefit consumers financially by reducing the amount of energy consumed. Obviously the environmental benefit in lower consumption can depend on the mix of electricity generation. If it is pure hydro, solar, wind than yes environmentally it might be mute. However lower demand at peak times lowers supply costs to all utility customers as well as defers utility capital expenditures. So basically it costs you less money.

He's probably right that there are issues with higher production and disposal resource requirements...but everything else is true. They use less energy when running and last for far longer (not sure how long they need to last to make up for the increased input costs though).

I replaced every overhead bulb in my apartment with CFLs when I moved in in january 2010. I tried to to pick some that had decent color and honestly it has not been a problem I have noticed. Power company was doing instant rebates so I basically paid less than normal bulbs for them.
3 years later, I haven't replaced a single one.

I have a couple of 60w GE Reveals hanging around. One in a dimmable torchiere and the other in a table lamp on my dining table...I'll turn those on if I am having a nice dinner or want to watch TV in dimmed light. The light is much nicer (but that's only half because of the better light color...the rest is because ceiling lamps don't make great shadows) but its certainly not a dealbreaker.

By some incredibly rough calculations, I imagine this has saved me $60 or so per year*. Its not a ton of money, but it makes the bulbs more than worth it and also helps alleviate a change between peak-offpeak usage.


*Based upon 8 60w bulbs with 6 hours of daily burn time at my local electricity rate of about 8c/kWh compared to 8 17w CFLs with the same burn time. Number goes up if you assume use of 75w (or even 100w which I don't think I have ever owned) bulbs.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

He's probably right that there are issues with higher production and disposal resource requirements...but everything else is true. They use less energy when running and last for far longer (not sure how long they need to last to make up for the increased input costs though).
I replaced every overhead bulb in my apartment with CFLs when I moved in in january 2010. I tried to to pick some that had decent color and honestly it has not been a problem I have noticed. Power company was doing instant rebates so I basically paid less than normal bulbs for them.
3 years later, I haven't replaced a single one.
I have a couple of 60w GE Reveals hanging around. One in a dimmable torchiere and the other in a table lamp on my dining table...I'll turn those on if I am having a nice dinner or want to watch TV in dimmed light. The light is much nicer (but that's only half because of the better light color...the rest is because ceiling lamps don't make great shadows) but its certainly not a dealbreaker.
By some incredibly rough calculations, I imagine this has saved me $60 or so per year*. Its not a ton of money, but it makes the bulbs more than worth it and also helps alleviate a change between peak-offpeak usage.
*Based upon 8 60w bulbs with 6 hours of daily burn time at my local electricity rate of about 8c/kWh compared to 8 17w CFLs with the same burn time. Number goes up if you assume use of 75w (or even 100w which I don't think I have ever owned) bulbs.
I didn't want to keep the discussion running, but are 60$ worth much worse lightning and other possible health risks?
Moreover, a study for the British gov showed that using regular light bulbs cuts about 20% of heating costs per year. Did you factor that into your calculations?
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The new Houston Astros uniform set is a huge improvement over anything they've had since 1994. I'm seeing a lot of people who are underwhelmed, but I'm happy with them. The orange hats (which will be worn on Fridays) are the best part.
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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

I didn't want to keep the discussion running, but are 60$ worth much worse lightning and other possible health risks?
Moreover, a study for the British gov showed that using regular light bulbs cuts about 20% of heating costs per year. Did you factor that into your calculations?

By spending a good part of the year with air conditioning and the rest of the year with electric heat (unfortunately). My electric radiators are more efficiently placed then light bulbs so I probably am slightly more efficient for any given ambient temperature than if I used incandescent bulbs. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

The new Houston Astros uniform set is a huge improvement over anything they've had since 1994. I'm seeing a lot of people who are underwhelmed, but I'm happy with them. The orange hats (which will be worn on Fridays) are the best part.

Do you have a link? I tried google images but all I could find was what appears to be the team pajamas, which strangely have what seems to be a black vinyl belt.
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Ask and you shall receive. (Even if you didn't really want to receive.) Here is the new set for 2013.



And the photo below represents the Golden Age of the Astros uniform set. This uniform made its debut in 1975.


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I'm on vacation!

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i am giving away some pretty good clothing to a relief fund for people who lost stuff due to the storm. feeling good about that.

/humblebrag
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

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i am giving away some pretty good clothing to a relief fund for people who lost stuff due to the storm. feeling good about that.
/humblebrag

Is it Astros uniforms?
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lol i would not give that away!
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Well boys and girls, after 2 years of drudgery and suffering, the Conneman has LANDED A NEW JOB! Raise of $9K, more high-profile, and a position that will lead to good things in the future. Couldn't be happier.
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I started working part time at a teaching agency, and as is usual, everything(salary increases, etc) depend on the performance reviews from the students. This, made me rather nervous due to various things. However, after the class, I read the performance reviews they gave me and I effin aced them. EVERY single student(there where 15 of them) gave me a perfect score!!

 

First I was all like this:

 

700

and then when I walked out, I was all like this:

 

700

 

It just felt REALLY awesome to experience that. Made me happy for the rest of the day :D

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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post

Well boys and girls, after 2 years of drudgery and suffering, the Conneman has LANDED A NEW JOB! Raise of $9K, more high-profile, and a position that will lead to good things in the future. Couldn't be happier.

Congratulations! It's about time you got some good news on the job front.

$9000 per year is still tough to live on, but you're on the way up and that's what counts.
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Originally Posted by L'Incandescent View Post

Congratulations! It's about time you got some good news on the job front.
$9000 per year is still tough to live on, but you're on the way up and that's what counts.

Does $9K cover Genevieve's annual food budget?
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post

Well boys and girls, after 2 years of drudgery and suffering, the Conneman has LANDED A NEW JOB! Raise of $9K, more high-profile, and a position that will lead to good things in the future. Couldn't be happier.

So you mean that you have a total salary of $9K? Or did you have any other income? Even if you're living like a monk, I doubt you'd be able to live on 9k a year.

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