CFLs for a Buck!
I don't have a filter for "locals," so apologies to my far-flung reader for the irrelevance. However, there's other electrical geekery below that.
I stopped by Tag's in Porter Square last night on the way home, and went by the light bulb section. They are selling CFLs for 99 cents each! I talked to the clerk--they're basically trying to clear out inventory (they got a huge bunch of them). I believe he said the supplier overcharged them recently, so they made up the difference in CFLs, and Tag's is now trying to clear out that inventory.
They are in a cloth bin directly opposite the display of CFLs in the basement. I believe they ran out of 100 W equivalent, but they had a fair number of 75 and 65 W equivalent. Limit was 6 per customer--I think I might try picking up another batch tomorrow morning.
UPDATE: I did stop by Thursday morning to pick up some more bulbs--they must have a good stock of them in back, because all of the bins were refilled.
EDIT: incidentally, as far as I can tell, these are not el-cheapo CFLs--they are name brand GE Energy Smarts. Froogle thinks they go for $5-$14 a piece, which is what made me say, "Wow!" about the clearance price. The price on the shelf is $5-$8. Also, their Color Rendering Index (CRI) is 82 (a good number)--explanation for previous blogging here.
I installed a bunch in the basement--they make it really bright down there now. The spectrum seems fine, if you're ok with CFLs (i.e., I have had the 'daylight bulb my ass' problem with some bulbs in Canada).
Also, speaking of energy geekery, the kitchen table here is now the command center:
- An indoor-outdoor temperature reader (pretty important if you bike to work)
- A temperature-relative humidity sensor connected to a datalogger I have in the basement. It collects T/RH data in five spots in the house (including the basement), outdoors, and monitors running of the heating and hot water systems
- A TED (The Energy Detective)--one of the electrical power meters that I blogged about previously. We had a few spares around work, so I borrowed one. It's actually kinda entertaining--you can watch as things turn on and off around the house ("Yep, there's the fridge... and the washing machine is going into spin cycle... and now it's off..."). Actually, JMD and I have been sitting around watching the thing... it gets a bit mesmerizing after a while (it has this green blinking LED).