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Thanks ACTEW energy saving person!

By Solidarity - 18 March 2014 24

Really, thankyou.

I love saving energy. These new bulbs are saving lots of energy!

On the flip side, I CAN’T SEE ANYTHING. WHAT THE HELL IS THE POINT OF A LIGHTBULB IF IT DOESN’T LIGHT ANYTHING?

Does anybody know where I can obtain some lightbulbs that actually work? It seems all the shops only have these new fangled useless bulbs, and the ACTEW man took all my normal bulbs with him.

That stupid “standby” TV thing went straight into the bin as well. What is the point of this initiative?

What’s Your opinion?


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Thanks ACTEW energy saving person!
Grail 10:42 am 19 Mar 14

thatsnotme said :

That TV thing really does suck badly. The bit where it turns everything off a minute after you power down the TV, I can live with. But the fact that if after 1, 2 or 3 hours (depending on how it’s set) it turns everything off for you just sucks!

You might want to investigate “Master/Slave” power boards. These work by monitoring the current on the “master” socket, turning on the “slave” sockets when the “master” draws significant current. The idea being (for example) that you plug the TV into the Master socket, with the DVD, Telstra/FoxTel/whatever, PS3, Xbox, etc in the slave sockets, and you only have to worry about turning the TV on and off.

gooterz 10:31 am 19 Mar 14

bd84 said :

niftydog said :

Supabarn Kaleen still had regular incandescent light bulbs last I checked. Not sure about Colesworths.

The only incandescent light globes left on sale are halogens as the sale of regular incandescent light globes ended in 2009,. I’m sure you had figured that out after 4 years..

Certain wattages are banned. You could always get 4 25w bulbs to replace them.
So in Canberra winter how much of a light bulb is wasted? Having a 100w incandescent on for a few hours vs a 1000w heater on for a hour.

dungfungus 9:44 am 19 Mar 14

magiccar9 said :

LED bulbs are the way to go. We too the stab and got a couple a little while back. Within a few days we kitted out the whole house we loved them so much. Sure they’re a little more expensive on the outset than regular bulbs but they’ll last you longer and actually provide a huge amount of light with very little power consumption. We’ll never go back to regular bulbs.

Yeah, like they said those compact flouro curly things with mercury in them would last “forever”.
I got a batch of them 2 years ago and they have all clapped out since.
What proof have you got that the LED things are going to be any better?
I have been putting them in but I reckon at this stage they are way too expensive to buy and install.
I still have incandescent bulbs that were in the house 20 years ago working OK.
This is nearly a bigger scam than climate change.

bd84 8:54 am 19 Mar 14

niftydog said :

Supabarn Kaleen still had regular incandescent light bulbs last I checked. Not sure about Colesworths.

The only incandescent light globes left on sale are halogens as the sale of regular incandescent light globes ended in 2009,. I’m sure you had figured that out after 4 years..

magiccar9 10:14 pm 18 Mar 14

LED bulbs are the way to go. We too the stab and got a couple a little while back. Within a few days we kitted out the whole house we loved them so much. Sure they’re a little more expensive on the outset than regular bulbs but they’ll last you longer and actually provide a huge amount of light with very little power consumption. We’ll never go back to regular bulbs.

arescarti42 9:44 pm 18 Mar 14

niftydog said :

Supabarn Kaleen still had regular incandescent light bulbs last I checked. Not sure about Colesworths.

They’re probably halogen, not incandescent. The Govt. outlawed new sales of incandescent bulbs several years ago.

niftydog 5:51 pm 18 Mar 14

Supabarn Kaleen still had regular incandescent light bulbs last I checked. Not sure about Colesworths.

dungfungus 4:55 pm 18 Mar 14

In the same vein, what is the use of a flow restrictor in the shower head if it doesn’t get you wet?
I just had a few new taps/showers installed as part of a renovation. It now takes ages for hot water to reach the discharge point and lots of fiddling with those stupid mixers. The result is that you take twice as long to have a shower and you don’t save any water after all.
At the same time that old saying “have a relaxing shower” has passed on.
Stuff these enviro-zealots who are responsible!
I am ripping out the flow restrictors tonight. I will probably get a knock on the door at 4.00am by the inspectors.

Leon 4:38 pm 18 Mar 14

If you want more light, then
(1) use a higher-powered energy-saving bulb (e.g. 25W instead of a 20W) and
(2) allow it a minute to reach full brightness.

thatsnotme 4:27 pm 18 Mar 14

That TV thing really does suck badly. The bit where it turns everything off a minute after you power down the TV, I can live with. But the fact that if after 1, 2 or 3 hours (depending on how it’s set) it turns everything off for you just sucks! So the kids are an hour through watching a DVD, when suddenly the whole damn thing shuts down… It seems to like to change itself from a 3 hour timer, to 1 hour as well.

The plug they gave me for the PC is even worse…

Maya123 4:17 pm 18 Mar 14

paganava said :

linen closet

You watch too much TV, unless you are actually from the USA.

Grail 4:16 pm 18 Mar 14
Maya123 4:15 pm 18 Mar 14

Energy saving power boards aren’t necessary. It’s no hassle to turn things off at the power point. That’s what I do. EASY!

Felix the Cat 4:10 pm 18 Mar 14

The newer LED lamps are brighter than the compact flourescent lamps that it sounds like ACTEW gave you. They are available at lighting shops, supermarkets and department stores such as K-mart.

paganava 3:14 pm 18 Mar 14

Thats energy saving power board things is the most useless piece of technology.
It might save $5 a year on your bill but the hassle is causes you is not worth the saving.

The ACTEW rep also put a draught stopper on our internal garage door … Too bad it was actually the linen closet door

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