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JT
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 11:01:00 PM

How far have you gone toward reducing traditional energy use?
Nothing special
Conservation through efficiency
Significant use of alternatives
Major commitment (solar, etc.)
As green as possible

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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april4
Champion Author Virginia Beach

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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2013 6:56:21 AM

conservation through efficiency
123Bucks
Sophomore Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2013 12:14:40 PM

I drive at regular speeds and do not have jack rabbit starts.
razorwan
Rookie Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2013 1:03:39 PM

In the winter time, I don't turn on the heater upstairs and use an infrared heater in the master suite. The first floor, I set at 68 when I'm home and 64 when I'm not.
nopnopnsht
Rookie Author London

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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2013 9:48:26 AM

haha as far as I need to..not for the environment cause really no matter what we do we r not in control. I do it to save money..im more efficient then anything
Pinetown
Rookie Author Philadelphia

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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2013 10:41:22 AM

Nothing.
thorman52
Champion Author South Bend

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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 10:26:30 PM

As green as possible.
jimmy123NE
Champion Author Omaha

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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 4:54:51 AM

Nothing.
achung53
Veteran Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 10:00:02 AM

Conservation through efficiency.
achung53
Veteran Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:08:30 AM

Conservation through efficiency
RZF350
Rookie Author Tacoma

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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 7:31:24 AM

Conservation through efficiency
jimmy123NE
Champion Author Omaha

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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 3:56:09 AM

Some.
HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 8:13:43 AM

green
jimmy123NE
Champion Author Omaha

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 4:22:23 AM

Green
Diana986
Rookie Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2012 11:40:57 AM

I had to find a new job this year and decided that due to gas prices, I would not consider jobs far from home.
sonicmustang
All-Star Author Alberta

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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 10:21:57 PM

Nothing special
justbill647
Champion Author Baton Rouge

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:33:00 AM

A little of many things discussed.
pkhdonovan
Champion Author Maine

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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 4:29:04 AM

I try to work from home more
CrackedLCD
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 2:41:05 AM

Conservation through efficiency, at least in the car.
NakedDriver
Champion Author Des Moines

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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 12:33:48 AM

ə reducing car use (walking, running, or biking), and keeping the heat turned down.
i checked the “conservation” option. ə
wb6yyz
Veteran Author Scranton

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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 3:46:19 PM

When I moved into my house 19 years ago, I changed out all the incandescent bulbs for CFLs. The owner used to use the house for a "weekend" retreat while I live there full time. Just doing that made my electric bill less than that of the three day a week user.

I then looked at my petroleum product usage. Believe it or not, heating the house with #2 fuel oil used more fossil fuel than driving the car and truck. So I put in an outdoor wood boiler, which I use during our below freezing weather. That cut the oil usage from 1200 gallons a year to 600. I'm not 100% wood because I'm not always home to feed the boiler and it gets too hot in the mild spring and fall weather to use the wood burner.

I telecommute as much as possible, although I still put on 14,000 miles a year for the business. My personal driving is typically 1200 miles a year.
ChickieNB
Rookie Author New Brunswick

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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 12:25:30 PM

I changed all of my lights bulbs to the more energy saver ones that last approximately 11 years according to my purchase. I stopped using regular bounce sheets and am now using the solid bounce that attaches to my dryer wall, it last for over two months, and the gain ones last 3 months.
Blossomize
Sophomore Author Oregon

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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 12:21:48 PM

I liked what one person said about painting all family members green, etc. The twinkie thing was good...my bf and I like being in the dark. I see good that way anyway. I don't like alot of heat. 55-60 is super in the home. Keeps us moving alot and that keeps weight down. We recycle whatever possible. I take ALOT of very cool showers. I use outside hose more than inside shower. Ever take a shower by hose outside when it is snowing? I do. I don't like to be bored...
gaspumpin
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 1:30:00 AM

If I were to buy a NEW high mpg car--it would actually cost me more than it would save!
gaspumpin
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2012 4:04:38 AM

One can only conserve so much.
HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:08:50 AM

bought a new car
coffeebrake1015
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:55:31 PM

as green as possible now
UDOG01
Rookie Author Hamilton

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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 5:35:08 AM

I tend to turn out the lights allot to enjoy the indoor sports.
Luv2ride33
Sophomore Author Tennessee

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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2012 1:22:03 PM

conservation through efficiency
Gidzmo
All-Star Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:33:52 AM

Pspeed: "I recycled my house. I now live in a cave."

ROFLOL! You don't have to worry about air conditioning.

We conserve through efficiency here. Solar panels on the house roof (but somehow there is this HUGE electric bill at the end of the year).

[Edited by: Gidzmo at 11/19/2012 9:35:11 AM EST]
KCK8
Champion Author Kansas

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 10:55:33 PM

My house and everything in it, my cars, my wife and kids and myself, my dog, fish and hamsters are all painted green.
SammyAdams
Champion Author Tallahassee

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 10:21:32 PM

I noticed the polling results of GB are close to 90% who either do nothing special or simply are becoming more efficient and conserve. Then why do we expect the government to go into debt in order to achieve a specific goal of energy independence?
Char4907
Rookie Author Florida

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 10:05:53 PM

I don't use my clothes dryer, I hang my clothes on the clothes line. Unless it is raining then I have to use the dryer.
chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 8:20:27 PM

as far as I, can........
RINdriver
Rookie Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 7:50:04 PM

keep finding new ways to conserve - my latest: stopped buying Twinkies... just sayin'
AlTraveler
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 4:37:50 PM

Conservation through efficiency
GottaHaveMoreCowbell
Rookie Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 3:51:40 PM

I feel like I've picked all the low-hanging fruit:
- revised the fleet to relatively fuel efficient vehicles
- organized work and live locations as much as I reasonably could to minimize annual miles (under 14,000/year between both vehicles)
- walk or bike when it's feasible (and with 9 different places to get fed plus my liquor store and bank all within 2 blocks, it very often IS!)
- cut my living space in half

Now let's get rolling on the ELECTRIC vehicle solutions!
CPGas1815
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 2:13:24 PM

As green as possible.
vandamme
Champion Author New York

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 2:06:43 PM

I built my own solar hot water/air heater over 20 years ago. It's low tech, and has been saving me money ever since. I put in fluorescent lights long ago, too. I grow stuff in the back yard instead of driving to the supermarket. The roof is insulated R-40 or so. Unfortunately, I have to drive a automatic-shift gas hog (30 MPG Focus) because my wife can't drive a stick shift, but I still try to "mildly hypermile".
Richteas
Rookie Author Georgia

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 1:48:56 PM

Conservation through efficiency
SuperMoto
Champion Author Connecticut

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 1:04:01 PM

Conservation through efficiency!
zacksnanny
Champion Author New Brunswick

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 12:38:18 PM

As green as possible

Bonanza
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 12:18:08 PM

Nothing special
melekali
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 11:22:58 AM

Saving energy will increase when people need to do so.
Lbro
Champion Author Denver

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 11:11:36 AM

As much as I can to conserve
AC-302
Champion Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 10:16:48 AM

I do try to conserve. Heck, since being layed off, I drive my SUV at no more than 55 on the highway to help conserve fuel. I also turn of lights, etc, etc, which we all ought to be doing anyway.
Pizzaslut
Champion Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 9:58:04 AM

I changed my name to Green.
Gas_Eyes
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 9:46:44 AM

A lot of the new LED lights are very expensive.
keo
Champion Author Colorado

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 9:11:13 AM

efficiency
Stevedog
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 8:40:44 AM

conservation and efficiency improvements where practical
rocki00
Rookie Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 7:29:40 AM

Trying to change things every month to save a bit more money. I think we're going to need every extra bit of money in the near future with the way things are looking on the market.
N9HVP
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 7:01:17 AM

Conservation through efficiency.
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