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One household's eye-opening energy audit

Original post made on Mar 1, 2012

A pair of detectives went to work in a Mountain View home this week, probing for the secrets behind its energy bill. The city's Energy Upgrade program allows households with PG&E Smart Meters to have free energy audits of their homes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 5:38 PM

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

About half the CFLs I have bought are dead within 1-2 years even with minimal use. And they are not cheap. I've started using LEDs with good results so far, but they are very expensive.

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Posted by Fed-up
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Environmental Sustainability Coordinator?---I'll bet we would save a lot of taxpayer money if we eliminated these unnecessary bureaucratic positions. The public sector could easily fill this position.

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Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I did an audit like this of our home several years ago. Some of the most eye-opening findings:

* A 2002-vintage "tower" PC used about 50 watts, nearly as much as our 15 cubic foot refrigerator.
* Our Comcast DVR was drawing about 40 watts and ran continuously. A newer version of the DVR which we got in 2010 when the old one failed uses about half as much energy.
* A HEPA air filter uses 70-130 watts depending on fan speed.
* Our seldom-used treadmill used 9 watts even when off.
* Electric space-heaters that we put in the bedroom in winter really caused our usage and bills to go up. We no longer use them.

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Posted by @ Fed-Up
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

The "public sector" has certainly had it's opportunity to fill this position...and yet, it never got done. But, somehow with this "unnecessary bureaucratic position" things are getting done. Amazing! Does not sound so unnecessary to me.

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Posted by Old Coot
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

The CFLs and other voltage sensitive appliances will burn out quickly given a diet of the abysmal quality electric service provided by PG&E. The service is rarely within specs and any and all complaints are answered from Mumbai by a non-English speaker using a "trouble-shooting tree" template to handle the call. I spent a week attempting to report a failing transformer with accompanying wild fluctuations in voltage and frequency, to no avail. After it blew, the linesman replacing it admitted, "We don't do any maintenance until it fails completely." I have all of our computers and LAN, including TV and ancillaries on UPCs. The UPCs often signal non-spec input, sometimes several times in one evening. I have lived in Third World countries that offered better electrical service.

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Posted by Jack Perkins
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

To:Fed Up

There you go again revealing your progressive religious beliefs
and in this case showing your Government-Will-Save-Us naiveté and your "I know best" lack of common sense and your oh-so-typical herd opinions that aren't even your original thinking because you only believe
What the progressive doctrine tells you.

You'd jump at the chance to be in charge of a re-education camp.

Thank you for being so typical

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Posted by Dear Jack,
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Did you actually READ the article?

Are you actually a real person? Your answer is a bit crazy! You may wish to read it as well (maybe next time, before you hit submit)

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