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Old 04-12-2008, 08:17 PM   #1
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I come from the school that says that you turn off a light as you leave the room.

My wife on the other hand has decided that the couch likes to watch TV.

It makes me nuts!!!

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Old 04-12-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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I come from the school that says that you turn off a light as you leave the room.

My wife on the other hand has decided that the couch likes to watch TV.

It makes me nuts!!!
If I had a buck for every time I told SWMBO to turn out the lights or when she has fallen asleep on the couch and the TV was still playing the next morning I bet I could buy a new B3 system with it.
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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No kidding this has been going on 20+ years for me.

We had the sliding glass door fixed and now the dog and cat (both) have figured out how to open it. I can't count the times that I have found the door open with the AC running.

My MIL & FIL did a test last year about this time. They went an entire month and tried to conserve energy every way they could. They said the bill for that month was (roughly) $30.00. Not an option in FL till next winer but food for thought.

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Old 04-12-2008, 09:26 PM   #4
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Mine will leave the light on in the bedroom, hallway, bathroom and office while she's on the other side of the house watching TV or in the basment sewing.
I came home yesterday to find her in the back livingroom watching TV, wrapped up in a blanket with the back sliding door next to her wide EFING open. I was like WTF??? It's 40* outside and the heater is running like mad... I was pissed...

For such a smart girl (has a masters) she sure is stupid. It's a good thing I love her or I would have to punch her in the box.

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Old 04-12-2008, 09:32 PM   #5
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It's a good thing I love her or I would have to punch her in the box.
LOL, that is funny.

My wife leaves the our bedroom TV on often enough, but my kids are the worst about energy consumption. I'll come downstairs in the morning while they are getting ready for school and every frickin light is on. My sons do not know how to turn off their bedroom light.

I live in military housing and my electric bill is part of the housing allowance I pay monthly, so I have no idea what our bill would actually be, but someday I plan on owning a house and would really like to get in the habit of saving power now.
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Man I am glad I live alone. I have never had a gas & electric bill over $30 for a month. I like to run my AC unit a couple times a year, just to make sure it still works. All my bulbs are compact flourescents, but yeah I usually have only one or two on at a time. My only real vice is I like to have the computer and tv on at the same time a lot.....

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Old 04-12-2008, 11:33 PM   #7
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I think SWMBO must only think the light switches flip to ON, as I cannot recall EVER seeing her turning one off. Seriously.. never seen it happen once.

Just as maddening, is her habit of NEVER closing a cabinet door or drawer in the kitchen. I'll walk in and there is always at least 2-3 drawers and 2-3 cabinets open....plus the dishwasher.

If I could get away with it, all the light switches would have timers on them and all the door and drawers would spring loaded so they would snap shut.

I have been seriously looking at installing solar panels to generate my own electricity. It would be SO cool to watch that electric meter spin backwards... I reckon it would make me a NAZI about turning things off and not using them if not necessary. I am doing laundry right now, and it's raining, so I will need to use the dryer instead of the clothesline. If I were counting the watts consumed and trying to generate ALL of my own electricity, I would be waiting until the sun comes out to dry my clothes.

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Maybe motion detectors are the solution. Of course, SWMBO might be pissed if she rolls over in bed and the TV, lights and shower turn on!

The only thing that gets left on is my main computer and that only during the day. Motherboard is too old to use Hibernate.

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SWMBO is good about turning stuff off, but the kids never do. You can always tell where they've been because they leave a trail of left-on lights. I always make them stop what they are doing and go through the house and turn them off, but, it doesn't help.

Also, I know people that, in winter, they have the house insanely hot and are running around the house in shorts and t-shirts. The same people in summer have the AC cranked so much they are curled up on the couch in a blanket. Some people.....

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I am lucky... we have all CFL bulbs and my wife and kids have been very well educated on energy consumption. We never have more than 2 lights on at a time, and those are CFL.

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