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Sorry, no more electricity questions accepted.
I'm sorry, I'm not accepting any more questions (or offering any kind of advice) to the general public. Period.
I'm happy to answer questions for the media (only), who are welcome to use the menu below.
And of course, I welcome any information you want to share.
My websites have exploded in popularity and it's impossible (not inconvenient, but impossible) for me to reply to even a fraction of those who want to ask me something. I'm sorry, I can't help you, so please don't send questions or requests for help of any kind.
I'm sorry, I'm not accepting ANY more questions for this website.
Please DO NOT SEND any question of any sort, for any reason, whatsoever, period.
I can't be clearer about this. Thank you.
I'm sorry, but you're predictable. All the mail I get from deniers follows the same pattern. The sender either makes incredibly broad, incredibly ludricous statements as though they were fact (e.g., "climate change is a hoax"), with no supporting evidence, or else refers me to articles whose claims have already been exhaustively debunked elsewhere. Naturally, both styles are exceptionally unconvincing.
The writers also assume that I simply haven't been exposed to the other side, and that sending me a few links to discredited articles is going to wow me over. It never occurs to them that I've likely already read the articles in question (or similar ones, since the same arguments are repeated over and over). You have to read both sides of an issue to understand it well, and I'm well-read on the opposing side. That's more than I can say about the deniers, for sure.
Also, most mail I get from deniers, as opposed to other mail I get, contains horrible misspellings or grammar. It's very telling to me that denier mail has that characteristic (which should tell you something, though I doubt it will). But in any event, if you cannot write at even a high school level then you simply cannot expect me to take you seriously. (And it might also occur to you that if you can't write at a basic level, then scientists might actually be a little smarter than you are, and they might understand science a little better, too.)
So anyway, if you want to argue with me, you'll first need to look up how your particular argument(s) have been addressed on my climate change page and elsewhere, and then present your case taking into account the criticism of your argument(s) that you found. If you don't do this, then you can't expect me to engage. (I don't promise to engage every time anyway, due to the volume of mail I get, but if you fail to attempt to explain away the extant critiques of your article, then you definitely don't get to engage me.) To write me about climate change, taking into account the above instructions, click on the last word of this sentence.
Are you really from the media?
Did you lie about the answer to the previous question?
Help for reporters/journalists
Review samples. Please note that I'm currently about one year behind on reviewing products. If want to send a sample for me to review anyway, you can send samples to:
Power factor devices. If you're a consumer and want to know what I think about devices that purport to save energy by improving the power factor, see my power factor page.
Other products. If you want to let me know about some other energy-saving product (NOT a power factor product), here's my address to let me know. Note that due to my email volume I can't answer any questions about products, including my opinion of them or availability.
Electric rates differ from provider to provider. Not everyone in your state pays the exact same rate for electricity, just like no one pays the exact same price for a loaf of bread. What's listed in the calculator is an average for the state. All this is explained in the calculator.
Google picks the ads, not me. They change all the time, too. Though frankly, I don't care what ads Google picks. I'd like to have enough faith in my fellow humans that they can understand the difference between editorial and advertising, and that they treat the latter with a little more skepticism. If people are really so stupid that they accept what's presented in an ad without question, then humanity has a lot bigger problems than the fact that Michael Bluejay's website contains some of those ads. Anyway, if an ad really troubles you, feel free to not click on it.
Mr. Electricity in the news:
"Michael Bluejay runs the outstanding Saving Electricity site that I've mentioned many times before." --J.D. Roth, Get Rich Slowly
Small Steps, Big Strides: Building Sustainability Habits at Home (book), Lucinda F. Brown, 2016
How much money you'll save with these common energy-saving strategies, Lifehacker, Sep. 28, 2015
Radio interview about saving electricity, Newstalk 1010 (Toronto), April 21, 2015
How much does your PC cost in electricity?, PC Mech, Nov 21, 2013
How Much Electricity Do Your Gadgets Really Use?, Forbes, Sep. 7, 2013
Can my bicycle power my toaster?, Grist, June 10, 2013
Six summer debt traps and how to avoid them, Main St, June 5, 2013
To convert to gas or electric?, Marketplace Radio (NPR), July 20, 2012
8 Simple Ways to Reduce Household Waste, Living Green Magazine, June 29, 2012
Why is my electric bill so high?, New York Daily News, Mar. 27, 2012
Fight the Power, CTV (Canada's largest private broadcaster), Mar. 23, 2012
How to Cut Your Electric Bill, Business Insider, Mar. 20, 2012
Tips to save energy when using your computer, WPLG Channel 10 (Miami, FL), Feb. 23, 2012
How long will it take an energy-efficient washer/dryer to pay for itself?, Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 29, 2011
10 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill, Forbes, August 23, 2011
18 ways to save on utility bills, AARP, July 9, 2011
How to Save $500 Worth of Energy This Summer, TIME magazine, June 28, 2011
Hot over the energy bill? Turn off the A/C, just chill, Chicago Tribune, June 24, 2011
Cool Site of the Day, Kim Komando (syndicated radio host), May 29, 2011
This calculator shows how much you spend washing clothes, Lifehacker, May 6, 2011
What you pay when you're away, WCPO Channel 9 (Cincinatti), May 5, 2011
Spotting energy gluttons in your home, Chicago Tribune (CA), Apr. 7, 2011
Walnut Creek author has tips for livng a thrifty life, Contra Costa Times (CA), Jan. 24, 2011
Do space heaters save money and energy?, Mother Jones, Jan. 10, 2011
Energy steps to take for a less pricey winter, Reuters, Nov. 10, 2010
Should you shut down your computer or put it to sleep?, Mother Jones, Nov. 1, 2010
Energy saving tips for fall, Chicago Tribune & Seattle Times Nov. 7, 2010
10 ways to save money on your utility bill, Yahoo! Finance, Oct. 2, 2010
Mr. Electricity Ranks Refrigerators & Electrical Wasters, Green Building Elements, Sep. 8, 2010
The case against long-distance relationships, Slate, Sep. 3, 2010
10 household items that are bleeding you dry, Times Daily (Florence, AL), July 27, 2010
Cold, hard cash, Kansas City Star, June 22, 10
Stretch your dollar, not your budget, Globe and Mail, May 18, 2010
Auto abstinence, onearth magazine, Winter 2010
2010 Frugal Living Guide, Bankrate.com
Energy-saving schemes yield €5.8m in savings, Times of Malta, Dec. 20, 09
Four ways to reduce your PC's carbon footprint, CNET, Dec 2, 09
The day I hit the brakes, onearth magazine, Fall 2009
How Much Do You Really Save By Air-Drying Your Clothes?, The Simple Dollar, 2010
Enjoy the mild weather, low electricity bills, Detroit Free Press, Jul 18, 09
The most energy-efficient way to heat a cup of water, Christian Science Monitor, Jun 16, 09
Ten ways to save energy, Times of Malta, Jan 3, 09
Measuring your green IT baseline, InfoWorld, Sep 4, 08
The Power Hungry Digital Lifestyle, PC Magazine, Sep 4, 07
Net Interest, Newsweek, Feb 12, 07
Answers to all your electricity questions, Treehugger, Jul 11, 08 Going Green, Monsters and Critics, Jan 6, 2007
A hunt for energy hogs, Wall Street Journal Online, Dec 18, 06
All advice is given in good faith. We're not responsible for any errors or omissions. Electricity can kill you; if you're not competent to work on your electrical wiring then hire a professional to do it.
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