Tuesday, February 15, 2011

GE Giveaway!

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and GE.


I gasped….audibly gasped, when I opened my last electric bill. Granted, it’s winter here in Washington State but the amount of my bill could have covered a really nice car payment, the payment for my kids braces or my grocery bill for an entire month. And then I realized I’ve got computers, electric heat, radios, T.V’s, washers and dryers and all kinds of gadgets running all day long. Ack! It is time to be proactive and knock that bill down because at this rate I’ll be searching for change in the couch cushions to pay my crazy electric bill.

I can guess that I’m not the only one having this problem. We are a society of convenience which means less of my own energy and more energy from another source. But not only does that hurt me in the pocketbook but what does that do to our resources? The people at GE know exactly who to go to for some answers. GE is currently hosting the Ecomagination Challenge: Powering Your Home an open call for fresh thinking on eco-home technology and innovations that can effectively harness renewable energy for the home. GE is looking for innovative ideas about capturing, managing, and using energy in the home. Go check out their Ecomagination Challenge for a chance to enter your idea.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

First: post comments, feedback, share tips, etc. in the comment section for a chance to win a $50 GE energy smart light bulbs that lives 20 years and saves you $85 in energy costs. Contest ends on 3/15/2011

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
  • Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  • Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  • Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  • No Twitter or blog? Read the official rules to learn about alternate forms of entry.

Rules:

  • No duplicate comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older
  • Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email address!
  • You have 72 hours to get back to me; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
  • Official Rules are available HERE.
Second: for big ideas, submit them to GE's ecomagination Challenge. Share with them your best ideas on how to improve our energy future and your idea could get funded.

So let’s hear it. Here’s your chance to share your ideas!


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82 comments:

  1. Our energy bill is out of control! We spent $350 last month AND we heat with propane. I'm all for finding a solution to this!

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  2. These would be great!! Here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/crazyteeter

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  3. Great energy saving idea: We use vinegar in our laundry instead of softener. The vinegar not only softens the clothes, it also cleans the washer so it doesn't get all mildewy inside, extending the life of the washer and the softener isn't being put into the drain water, keeping our water safe for the plants. We then hang most of our laundry outside or around the house to dry.

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  4. Turn off the Wii when not in use. I swear my electricity bill has been higher since we received that game as a gift!

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  5. I use CFL’s in most of my lamps. I turn on the dishwasher when I go to bed, to run it when power costs are lower. I cover up with an electric throw in the evenings and use an electric blanket on my bed, so I can lower the temp in the rest of the house. In the summer, I use a floor fan and ceiling fans to supplement the central air system. I’d love to try this new LED bulb!

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  6. I put up a thermal/light blocking curtain between our pass through and living room. This has kept our house warmer and I know has reduced our energy bill.

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  7. What a great giveaway!! We've been trying to lower our electric bill for a while.

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  8. Ooooh, I love this topic. One great solution is to condense the amount of power outlets you use, and only connect power strips directly to them. Simply switch on the power strip when you wish to use anything from that outlet. Its really no hassle, I usually switch it with my foot. It really cuts back on that "trickle effect" of plugged in items.

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  9. I have bulbs that have been out for weeks! Maybe this would help me remember to change them!

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  10. The biggest way I save money on the electric/heating bill is to keep my house at 64 degrees when I am not home and at night (in the winter). I also hang most of my clothes to dry and only use the dryer for things I cannot hang and things I need right away. This makes the loads smaller, which equals less drying time and less energy.

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  11. My energy bill used to be over $300 in Feb., and we used to turn down the thermostat to 50 while we were at work all day! Now we are retired and on fixed incomes with no inflation adjustments. I turn the thermostat to 56 permanently. It was terrible at first but you can get used to it. We just stay under our blankets unless we really have to get up. Then, doing chores helps us keep warm.

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  12. I try to use as much natural light as possible to brighten up my home instead turning on the lamps. I open all the curtians/ blinds and just hope that my neighbors don't see me doing anything too crazy!

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  13. I usually hang clothes to dry and the kids help by turning lights off when not being used.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  14. though Hubby laughs if he catches me doing this, when I need something in the garage that won't take long, I'll use a little rechargeable battery-powered book light to light the way, as opposed to turning on the garage's multiple fluorescent bulbed overhead light.

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  15. We turn down the heat at night in winter! Thanks!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  16. i unplug just about everything, aside fromthe tv, stove and fridge!

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  17. I usualy make sure I turn off all the light whenever I'm not using them....as well as for my other family memners. It does save up lots of energies in the long run.

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  18. Given that 30% or more of a home's energy usage goes toward fueling the water heater, I've been saving our water bills and taping them into a book to compare month to month. Staying aware of how much water we're using and how much it costs helps me to remember to use far less!

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  19. We have CFLs in most of the light sockets, we dry clothes outside when possible, and we run our dishwasher, clothes washer, and dryer (when it's used) during the night.

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  20. I line dry clothes and turn off unused appliances and we keep the theromsat at 65 in the winter. We just got a new energy effient furance and air conditioner and we are saving lots.

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  21. I've greened my house from nearly top to bottom, I have all the CFL bulbs, smart power surge protector strips, energy-efficient curtains (yes, they do exist) and made window shades to keep the draft out in the winter. Also, I use baby plug covers to keep the draft from leaving the plug sockets. They are especially great to use if you can't remove the plug plate to put inner insulation inside the outlet

    goldengoddiss09(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I dry my clothes outside on the clothesline when the weather allows. Also, making sure not to leave lights on when you leave a room. I hope to eventually get an Energy Star rated television and computer to hopefully save on the amount of electricity that I use. LPoser1 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  23. Hi, we use a programmable thermostat and use timers on lights to save energy.
    maddiemb {at} comcast (dot) net

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  24. Here's my tweet - http://twitter.com/#!/shala_darkstone/status/39309662037880832
    maddiemb {at} comcast (dot) net

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  25. We do what we can - compost, recycle and shop with cloth bags.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  26. My bill keeps going up and yet we have been trying to cut down on usage. Can't figure it out.

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  27. http://twitter.com/Ziggywag/status/39510609934417920
    Tweet

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  28. We keep the thermostat set at 60 in the winter and don't have cenral air.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  29. Wow, a 20 year life for a light bulb? I'm sold!

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

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  30. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/DchrisG3/status/39570176877797376

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

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  31. Keep phone chargers and other chargers unplugged when not in use.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  32. unplugging items is great but the biggest energy saver so far is insulating sealing the windows- it amazing how much you can turn down the heat when everything is caulked and sealed and you open the drapes in the winter to let sunshine and light in and close it at night- some serious money saving

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  33. I don't use the heated dry selection on the dishwasher. Also, when I am planning dinner, I try to coordinate the main dish and sides so that I don't waste energy. For example, if I am using the oven for the main course, I pick sides that need the oven too. Same for the stovetop.

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  34. We make sure to turn everything off when we leave a room. It's hard with the kids to get them to do it though.

    hebert024 at aoldot com

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  35. We have a power strip with the TV and all related boxes plugged into it.

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  36. We use the energy efficient lightbulbs in our whole house and love them.
    lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I'm in WA state, too! We try to police each other about turning out lights and turning TVs off when not in use. We use CFL bulbs, recycle and use reusable bags.

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  38. I wait until I have a full load of clothes or dishes to wash and have unplugged appliances that are not being used.

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  39. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/clc408/status/40018670335823872

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  40. Lease solar panels from Sungevity.com for big savings on electricity.

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  41. We don't even own a dryer; in good weather, I hang clothes outside. In bad weather, inside. We use only cold water in the washer, are replacing all our lightbulbs with energy efficient models, and have started using energy conserving smart strips for our TVs and related electronics.

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  42. Our energy rates keep rising, so I am always on the lookout for energy savings tip to counteract the price increases. Lowering the temp on our hot water heater and lowering the thermostat at night has helped a little.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  43. I try and always turn off the lights that aren't being used...

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  44. I got solar panels years ago when the tax rebates were great and have been thrilled! I no longer have to cringe everytime the power company raises it's rates! We are still super conservative about using power (air dry clothes, lower temps in winter, less AC in summer, turn things off...), but it's a nice feeling to not have to stress! I'm also doing a lot in my garden - fruit trees and veggies and then preserving for later (talk about eating local and healthy). And, my latest project is rainwater harvesting! I have big cisterns that the water goes into (out of gutter on roof) and I then use that water for my garden! Win, win!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  45. Turned the heat down a few degrees all the time. You kind of get use to it.

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  46. We keep the heater set at 60 and use a drying rack for a lot of our items. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

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  47. My heating bill dropped WAY down after I discovered that the triple window in the kitchen was badly in need of winterizing. Until I can replace it, I put up plastic over the windows. The difference is astonishing, both in comfort and in cost.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  48. Tweeted you!
    http://twitter.com/Ida_Sessions/status/40868015109193728

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  49. We make sure to turn everything off while not in use, even power strips!

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  50. The cost will take some getting used to!

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  51. My heat is on a timer to drop to 64 at night and not to go above 68 during the day. Everyone in my family got a snuggie for christmas!

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  52. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/s8r8l33/status/41390493057298432

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  53. We have installed faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads to cut water heating costs, but the biggest problems is that all of the members of my family REALLY love taking long showers. We occasionally indulge now, but most of the time we limit our time in the shower.

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  54. I do laundry with almost all cold water, keep the thermostat way low, and try to unplug stuff when it's not in use.

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  55. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/kittycardero/status/42015113812639745

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  58. Ways to save money and be kinder to the Earth:
    Use CFL or LED bulbs.
    Recycle.
    Turn off lights/TV/computer when you leave the room.

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  59. i would love to win this, we need to replace our old bulbs with energy efficient bulbs
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  60. I have been recycling for years now, and it is more difficult here than when I started. There is no pickup of recyclables here, and the collection site only accepts certain things--for example, steel cans would require driving to the only site for them, which would be a 150 mile round trip. Would rather defeat the purpose. As to light bulbs, about the only ones I have not yet switched to CFL bulbs are the few that haven't required changing as yet, and considering that they are all high, hard to reach ceiling lights, they will require some help from my grandson when they do go.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  61. We switched to the curlicue lightbulbs 4 years ago-nary a burnout! We hang our laundry, and use reusable bags for shopping. (which we don't do as much of!)

    dwellenstein at cox dot net

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  62. Not sure how to link to a specific tweet, but...

    twitter.com/spillingbuckets :) I did it!

    Also for second entry - we are using a fireplace insert to heat our home with wood. It's renewable, and much cheaper than our current heat. Also we unplug all appliances not in use to stop vampire power loss.

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  63. Would love to try out this energy saver!

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  64. tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/Ardy22/status/42292856408379392


    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  65. My biggest challenge is air seeping through the windows and doors that are too thin or not sealed well enough.

    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  66. Even though we are extremely conservative in our energy usage (all lights are CFLs, turn lights off in all rooms not being used, keep thermostat set to 65 in the winter, etc.), our power bill is still over $100 this month. I would love to see how this new light bulb helps. I can't wait until the price comes down!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  67. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/42326679053537281
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  68. I too have been doing laundry in cold water!

    deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

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  69. I turn the thermostat down to save on fuel & $$! And I turn it lower when we are not home.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    email in blogger profile.

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  70. Tweet!~

    http://twitter.com/#!/Deb55106/status/42329019374514176

    deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

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  71. tweet: http://twitter.com/js22222222/statuses/42329392365580289
    email in blogger profile.

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  72. Shut off lights when you leave a room, use daylight rather than turning on lights at all when possible, wash all your laundry in cold water when possible , line dry your
    clothing when possible, set your thermostat high in the summer and low in the winter,
    use energy efficient appliances and light bulbs, unplug things that are not in use, etc. We do all of these things and wish the whole planet did! Our power bill is still high to me, but to other people its insanely low. I wish I could afford solar panels for my roof!
    Scott
    nynekats at gmail dot com

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  73. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/42332717769170944
    Scott
    nynekats at gmail dot com

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  74. My idea is to turn off the lights when leaving the room.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  75. I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/donnak4/status/42355723535003649
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  76. our power bill is horribly high. I would need to try this to save money

    mckenziesmother@hotmail.com

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  77. My idea is to turn off the lights when leaving the room.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  78. A programmable thermostat is great. Keeps temp down when you're asleep or away & warm up when you need it. Thanks for the contest.

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  79. Looking for ways to be "green" and save on my electicty bill. Haven't had much luck and would love to try this.
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  80. I cut my electric bill IN HALF by following the guidelines the electric company sends out. A lot of them are obvious, but the one that helped me the most was doing my laundry all in one sitting - that way the dryer only has to heat up once..

    Email address is in blogger profile

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  81. I tweeted http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/42382208777977856

    Email address is in blogger profile

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