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I’m not an Environmentalist!

I’m not an Environmentalist! Honest!

I’ve been finding myself spending a lot of time checking out sites like Treehugger and AutoBlogGreen over the last couple months and that has lead to me a number of other fantastic sites that are all focused on “saving our environment”. Now, I often ask myself why the heck I am reading these sites because I really don’t care about the environment. It’s not something I worry about on a regular basis and the theory of global warming isn’t something I subscribe to. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some global issues that affect our environment that need to be addressed.

Anyhoo, I’m not an environmentalist. I’m just cheap.

I keep doing all these things like converting to compact fluorescent lights, using LED Christmas lights, using a programmable thermostat to reduce energy consumption, etc. It’s all rather earth friendly (at least according to Treehugger) but I’m not doing it to save the world. I’m doing it to save my pocketbook! Heck, now I’m even thinking about how to install stuff like solar hot water heating in my house.

I guess the end result is the same though, I am helping to reduce the energy required to sustain my life style. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Every Kilowatt Counts

A couple nights ago on the news I caught a quick reference to a new set of energy saving coupons being put out by the Ontario Conservation Bureau. Their Every Kilowatt Counts program is once again offering a number of coupons on energy saving devices starting on October 1st, 2006.

This is similar to a program that I mentioned last year in my Spend Money to Save Money post. That program was offered through Hydro One (my power utility) in conjunction with Canadian Tire. This Every Kilowatt Counts program appears to be completely generic and you can use the coupons anywhere.

The coupons are as follows:

  • ENERGY STAR® qualified Compact Fluorescent Lights: $3 off – 1 or more bulbs
  • Seasonal LED lights: $5 off – strings of 50 bulbs or more
  • Programmable Thermostats: $15 off
  • Baseboard Heater Programmable Thermostats: $15 off
  • Dimmer Switches: $3 off
  • Motion Sensor Switches: $7 off

The ones I will definitely make use of are the LED Christmas lights and the compact fluorescent bulbs. The motion sensor switches are sort of interesting too but I wonder if they can be used with compact fluorescent lights.