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Shedding New Light On Incandescent Light Bulb Legislation

by Teamworks
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By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Published: August 11, 2011

Panicky home owners fearing the light bulb police will take away their incandescents should chillax. Federal legislation doesn’t ban Edison’s bulb; it just requires that 100-watt incandescent bulbs become roughly 30% more energy efficient by January 2012; 75-watt bulbs in 2013, and 60- and 40-watt bulbs in 2014.

But your pulse should race at the number of light bulb choices currently on the market and the change in terminology on the horizon, says an article in today’s New York Times.

CFLs, LEDs, lumens, and watt equivalents — it’s enough to make you shut off the lights and take a nap.

Times reporter Bob Tedeschi grabbed armloads of different bulbs and tested them throughout his house, so you don’t have to. He likes GE Bright from the Start Energy Smart CFL for the kitchen; Philips EcoVantage and Sylvania SuperSaver for the dining room; and Philips AmbientLED for reading in the living room.

Tedeschi also provides some tips for the light bulb challenged — basically, all of us.

His top tip? Take it slow.

“Don’t shop all at once for every socket in the house,” Tedeschi says. “Lighting technology, particularly for LEDs, is improving rapidly, and prices are dropping steadily, so it makes more sense to replace bulbs as needed.”

What do you think about the new lightbulb standards? Will you ditch your old incandescent bulbs or hoard them?

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Save Money in Warner Robins with Programmable Thermostats

by Teamworks
By: Les Shu
Published: February 17, 2011
Advanced programmable thermostats give you precise control over your heating and cooling, helping to reduce wasted energy.

High-def, high-tech settings

You wouldn’t think of spending much time in front of your thermostat, but the newest advanced models--with their colorful touchscreen displays--are an engaging, interactive experience. They offer separate programs for each day of the week, and can even alert you if service is required.
With its high-definition screen display, Honeywell’s Prestige Comfort System resembles a mini-computer more than a traditional thermostat.
In addition to indoor temperature, the Prestige’s graphical user interface can display outdoor conditions and humidity with an add-on sensor. An onscreen wizard interviews you about your usage based on simple questions, and then sets a program accordingly. A portable controller lets you adjust settings from any room in the house.
The Prestige is priced from $250 and up.
If you can live without a fancy display, an advanced programmable thermostat from HAI costs around $300 to $400, while a simpler seven-day programmable model from Hunter costs $99.

Control from afar

What if you’re on your way to a long vacation, and you suddenly realized you’d forgotten to turn down your home’s thermostat?
If your home is equipped with the Smart Thermostat from ecobee, you can tap into the system through a personalized web portal anywhere there’s Internet access. Log in to check on your HVAC’s performance and make adjustments on the fly. The unit sells for $469.
Manage your home’s HVAC via a home automation app from Control 4. The sophisticated system allows you to change thermostat settings from your smartphone, pad, and PC. In addition, you can control the lighting, music, window treatment motors, and a wide range of Control 4 devices.

Know the price before you turn it on

Pilot programs for installing smart thermostats that display “time of use” pricing information are underway in regions like Florida and California. These thermostats receive a wireless signal from the utility company, and adjust the temperature according to the price of electricity during different times of the day.
With costs for air conditioning at about 70 cents to $1.20 per hour, reducing AC usage only an hour per day would yield a savings of $65 to $110 over the course of a summer.
Check with your utility company to find out if such a program is available in your area.
A writer covering the latest technologies and trends for a variety of national publications, Les Shu is currently automating his home with the newest doodads to make it smarter than he is.

 

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

by Teamworks

Because it is Hot and miserable and I drove down Davis drive today and saw all of those poor boys in full football uniforms practicing in the heat and I had an immense feeling of sympathy for them. I am posting the Demon football schedule for this fall. It will be here before we know it. So for those out there like my husband who love high school football here you go.

Varsity

 

@ Crisp Co (Scrimmage)August 20, 2011 Away 7:30

@ Peach County August 26, 2011 Home 7:30

Open September 10, 2011


1st Round State Playoffs November 12th TBA

2nd Round State Playoffs November 19th TBA

3rd Round State Playoffs November 26th TBA (if we make it there goes your Thanksgiving)

4th Round State Playoffs December 3rd TBA

GHSA State Championship December 10th Georgia Dome!

And because I have no clue and my boys tell me how important it is I have added the Demons Records. Gotta know what the legacy is if you are gonna pick WRHS as your next school.

Records

2010 Standing Rank: 6 Region Record: Region: 2-5-0 (.286)

Classification Record: Classification: 2-6-0 (.250) Total Record: Total: 2-8-0

(.200) 2009 Standing Rank: 5 Region: 4-3-0 (.571) Classification: 6-4-0 (.600)

Total: 6-4-0 (.600)

2004 GHSA Champion

1988 GHSA Champion

1981 GHSA Champion 1976 GHSA Champion

 

So in hopes of this oppressing heat ending and the sounds of Cheerleaders, coaches and fans. Here is to football. We will be posting the other high schools in the coming week but since both Loretta and my children graduated from WRHS we had to put them first.

Have a great day!

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