Dale Stephens
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Bob Blanchette commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting 24-month update 18,240 hours & counting
"I'm also in the process of upgrading from CFL to LED. Energy cost difference gets "lost in the crowd" since it's so low. What HAS changed is light QUALITY, a GOOD LED just looks so much more natural vs. CFL. I started with Cheap…"
Dec 24, 2014
Bob Blanchette commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting 24-month update 18,240 hours & counting
"A couple questions on your power bills:1: All-Electric house or gas heat/water heater/stove/dryer?2: How many KWH per month for your 1900sqft house in summer/winter?3: Age of house?4: Number of people? 5: Summer/Winter Thermostat set points?"
Dec 24, 2014
Dennis Heidner commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting 24-month update 18,240 hours & counting
"Dale, good write up. For the landscaping bulbs,  if they had been T3 12V wedge bulbs,  I switch to 40 lumen bulbs sold by SuperbrightLEDS about eight years ago now.  The cost about $5 a bulb... I haven't had a failure in the…"
Dec 18, 2014
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LED Lighting 24-month update 18,240 hours & counting

Background:In November 2012 I replaced 80% of my home's interior lighting with LEDs (35 bulbs total) - see my LED Lighting, 6-month update blog post.Today, 12December2014 is my 24 month update:My 'Life-Test' bulbs (a pair of lights above my fireplace) have been 'ON' continuously for 25 months (760 days x 24hrs/day) - 18,240 hours and counting.Our average monthly electric bill still runs around…See More
Dec 17, 2014
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LED Lighting 24-month update 18,240 hours & counting

Background:In November 2012 I replaced 80% of my home's interior lighting with LEDs (35 bulbs total) - see my LED Lighting, 6-month update blog post.Today, 12December2014 is my 24 month update:My 'Life-Test' bulbs (a pair of lights above my fireplace) have been 'ON' continuously for 25 months (760 days x 24hrs/day) - 18,240 hours and counting.Our average monthly electric bill still runs around…See More
Dec 12, 2014
Juan Roca commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting - Garage Door opener interference
"Hi,There is a real problem with remote controls and LED lights. However, there is a solution in the market called GoGogate that can help solve the issue. The GoGogate does not use RF to connect to the garage door opener as it connects via regular…"
Sep 19, 2014
Insulated Garage Door commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting - Garage Door opener interference
"Good read!"
Nov 25, 2013
Dale Stephens commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting - Garage Door opener interference
"Rick - initially I went back to incandescent bulbs and few months later found a LED bulb that does not create RFI. All has been good the past 5 months. Good Luck~!"
Jul 11, 2013
Rick Goedde commented on Dale Stephens's blog post LED Lighting - Garage Door opener interference
"Is there any update to your problem with the interference to your garage door opener caused by LED lighting?  I am experiencing the same problem.  I recently had landscape lighting installed and when the dusk to dawn sensor turns on the…"
Jun 25, 2013
Tom DelConte commented on Dale Stephens's blog post Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings
"Bob/Ted You two infer a great point! There's no sense getting into a smart thermostat that is not highly integrated into the local utility co. PECO/ Exelon has nothing like that here due to the fact that 20% of the people in PHL(philly) do not…"
Apr 12, 2013
Bob Blanchette commented on Dale Stephens's blog post Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings
"Tedkidd I experimented with that last summer, but haven't collected enough data to have any conclusive results. Our house has a lot of mass relative to it's size, so "precooling" may end up being an effective strategy. Using 4KWH…"
Apr 11, 2013
tedkidd commented on Dale Stephens's blog post Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings
"Be interesting to see what driving temps to 72 in the hours before the price jumps does to both cost and comfort.  "
Apr 11, 2013
Bob Blanchette commented on Dale Stephens's blog post Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings
"The website only shows a line for the temperature vs time of day/year. I can pull KWH and cost per hour/day/month/year. It doesn't state how much of the $147 savings was from reduced AC use during the 2-7pm weekday peaks, but since the AC is…"
Apr 11, 2013
tedkidd commented on Dale Stephens's blog post Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings
"Very cool.  I want that!! How about temperature overlays, etc...  Think of all the cool analytics they could potentially come up with. "
Apr 11, 2013
Bob Blanchette commented on Dale Stephens's blog post Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings
Apr 11, 2013
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LED Lighting 24-month update 18,240 hours & counting

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:46am 3 Comments

Background:

In November 2012 I replaced 80% of my home's interior lighting with LEDs (35 bulbs total) - see my LED Lighting, 6-month update blog post.

Today, 12December2014 is my 24 month update:

My 'Life-Test' bulbs (a pair of lights above my fireplace) have been 'ON' continuously for 25 months (760 days x 24hrs/day) - 18,240…

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Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 6:30am 32 Comments

Ok, I have had a couple programmable thermostats in the past... But, once again about 11 months ago I was doing my weekly (sometimes daily) stroll through the neighborhood 'big-box' home improvement store and back in the back past the garden section there is this little…

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LED Lighting, 6-month update

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 7:30am 23 Comments

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Ok, back in November 2012 I stumbled into my local 'big-box' home improvement store with an extra $1,000 USD to burn and without any research or pre-planning I purchased 35 LED bulbs to replace my incandescent and CFL bulbs. I was way tired of continually replacing a couple CFLs time and time again and the 25,000-50,000 hours of lifetime sparked my interest and put a $1K hole in my wallet. At a burn time average of 3-hours per day that is 22-45 years of…

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Window Replacement - wading through the maze of options and sales

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 9:08am 1 Comment

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In 2012 we decided it was time to replace our 27-year old contractor grade double paned aluminum widows. Some of the seals had failed. Some of the window were leaking (water).

We planned to replace 19 windows initially and ended up replacing 21 in total. 11 of which were single-hung 3-0x6-0 that we replaced with double hung windows. Three had arched eye-brows and had to remain single-hung.

From my online research I was…

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