Renee Mitchell's column in today's Oregonian is a nice reminder of the things we can do to weatherize our house, save energy, and save money to boot.
Now, I admit I'm not the greenest person out there. I've done the calculations about energy saving windows, fuel efficient vehicles, etc., and sometimes things don't pencil out. That doesn't mean I don't want to help save the planet, but when my pocketbook is empty, saving the planet might get pushed a bit farther down on my priority list.
However, there are some no-brainers. The Energy Trust will give you $85 and they will give you a tax rebate if you buy a high efficiency washer (the $85 credit ends this year). With those running only $500-$700, you can make your money back in two years. Similarly, federal credits for insulation, windows, and furnaces are in place--but also running out this year!
Today, I'm interested in a much more basic solution: those damn lights that my kids leave on all the time. How many times do I have to go around the house turning off switches!? (Kari, you will learn, you will learn!)
There is a promotion going on right now ending this week where you can buy compact flourescents for 99 cents and specialty lights for $2-3, one third of their normal price.
But Renee doesn't tell us where to buy them! Luckily, I just found the Energy Trust page listing the retailers.
For the standard light, there are lots of local retailers, but for the specialty items, it's off to the Big Boxes (but note: Bi Mart is on the list!).