Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2017

Nobles Parents' Newsletter February 2017

Green Team Tips for February 2017



Did You Know?
Four Simple ways to Save Energy (& Money) in your home

1. Lightbulbs.

One of the easiest ways to save energy is to ditch your incandescent light bulbs and switch to CFLs or LEDs.

  • CFLs (and fluorescent tube lights) are lit by an electric current that is sent through a tube containing argon and a small of amount of mercury gases.
  • A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light.
  • When possible, especially for recessed and track lighting, converting to LEDs is preferred. Unlike CFLs, LEDs can withstand extreme temperatures, do not contain toxic mercury, and last the longest.*

Residential LEDs—especially Energy Star-rated products—use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.

“Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more—meaning they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. That is a life of more than three years if run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” (https://www.energy.gov)

In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S.—saving about $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions. (https://www.energy.gov)

By 2030, it's estimated that LEDs will account for 75% of all lighting sales. Nobles is committed to this energy saving effort—about 90% of all of our light bulbs are LEDs!

2. Turn off electronics when not in use and install power strips.

In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they are off. Even when electronic devices are turned off, they draw significant standby power. “Across the US, this equals the annual output of 12 power plants and costs over $1 billion each year.” (https://www.mtholyoke.edu/envsustainability/energymyths)

One idea to manage these home electronics is to utilize common power strips. Turning your electronics off at night with a power strip can save up to 10% on your energy bill.

It’s easy, just plug your electronic devices into power strips and flip the switch at night when the electronics are not in use. Computers, printers, TVs, stereos as well as lights and other appliances all apply.

3. Turn down your thermostat.

Adjusting your heating and cooling at home to reflect family routines will save energy and money. In the winter, consider lower temperatures (60 degrees) when you are away and then adjust when you are home. Installing HVAC controller devices, such as the Nest, will also help you save energy, as these are programs that learn your habits and adjust your thermostats for you.

NOBLES works hard to manage temperatures to maximize efficiency, especially in the winter, so wearing sweaters/fleeces is recommended.

4. Don’t forget to flip the switch!
Turning off the lights when you leave the room can save trees, coal, natural gas and more.

*If mercury-added products can’t go in the trash, what should we do with them?
For information on how to recycle CFLs please see:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/toxics/sources/mercury-management-act.html
http://maps.env.state.ma.us/dep/arcgis/js/templates/SafeMercuryDisposal/

Many point of purchase locations (such as Lowe's and Ikea) will recycle them for you.

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