1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

January 31, 2008

:031 Tally the Savings

Filed under: :031 Tally the savings — Tags: , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Suggested Review – All 1:5:10:365 Tips

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:031 Tip:There have now been thirty days worth of 1:5:10:365 Tips. If you have been recording in you journal each day it should now be fairly easy to track how much you have spent and how much you can anticipate saving. Under additional information there will be a listing of the 5:10:365 Tips :001-:030 and suggestions for considering them from the standpoint of costs or savings. By subtracting the costs from the savings each month you will be able to track both financial and environmental progress.

Tomorrow I am going to suggest you invest the 1:5:10:365 savings you accumulate in do-it-yourself carbon credits.

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Additional Information

The following tally is given as an example. Your own numbers will vary – Get them from your journal. For purposes of this tally only dollars will be counted – Of course there are other benefits as well. As an example: what I did will be in ($cost/$saved)

:001 Start a Journal – information benefits ($0/$0)

:002 Log Utility Rates – information benefits  ($0/$0)

:003 Read Power Meter – information benefits  ($0/$0)

:004 Hidden Electric Use – information benefits  ($0/$0)

:005 Watt Use is it? – Cost/Savings – $25 one time cost/savings elsewhere  ($25/$0)

:006 Make Soup – $0 cost/monthly savings  ($0/$20)

:007 Water Leaks – maintenance cost/offset savings  ($35/$2)

:008 Water Meter – information benefits ($0/$0)

:009 Hidden Water Leaks – maintenance costs/offset savings ($0/$0)

:010 Water Damage – maintenance costs/ undetermined ($0/$0)

:011 Gas Meter – information benefits ($0/$0)

:012 Gas Leaks – maintenance cost/offset savings ($0/$0)

:013 Conserving Gas – variable cost/variable savings ($0/$0)

:014 No Shoes – information benefits ($0/$0)

:015 vacuum bags – maintenance  ($0/$0) cost/maintenance savings

:016 HEPA vacuum  – maintenance cost/variable savings ($0/$0)

:017 How to Vacuum – $0/maintenance savings ($0/$0)

:018 Micro-fiber cloth maintenance cost/maintenance savings ($20/$?)

:019 Determine Watt Use –  $0 costs/variable savings  ($0/$0)

:020 Maintenance Cost – information benefits ($0/$0)

:021 Auto-Powerstrips $40 ea cost/variable benefits  ($40/$6)

:022 Refrigerator Energy Use – variable costs/variable savings  ($0/$0)

:023 Clean Frige Coils – variable cost/variable savings  ($0/$3)

:024 Fridge Condensate – information benefits ($0/$0)

:025 EnergyStar Appliances – information benefits ($0/$0)

:026 Frige Replacement Payback – variable cost/vairiable savings ($0/$0)

:027 Eco-Towing – information ($0/$0)

:028 Compact Fluorescent Lights – variable cost/variable savings  ($35/$25)

:029 CFL safe disposal – information benefits ($15/$0)

:030 Mercury clean-up – information benefits ($0/$0)

In my case I spent about $170 in January following my own tips. I am estimating my savings based on these changes to be about $56 each month or $672 a year. That’s a net pretty good payback

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