How to use and save electricity

May 26, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

Mr. Electricity has assembled a straight-forward website full of great ideas and useful links–everything you’ll need to understand, use and save electricity.

Here’s what the site covers, in the words of “Mr. Electricity”:

I explain exactly what a kilowatt hour is and how much you pay for one. And I show you how to calculate exactly how much electricity your household appliances use, so you know which items are guzzling the most juice (and which ones are the best targets for savings). You’ll also learn exactly how to read your electric meter, if you like. . . . And I not only give you meaningful tips for slashing your electricity consumption, I give you the tools to figure out exactly how much you’re saving as well. Finally, I’ve answered countless questions from readers about saving electricity. If you have a question, it’s probably answered here already.

The site offers dozens of illustrations. Oh, and one more time, this is a site geared toward saving electricity. For example, check out this page on “vampire power” demonstrating that many appliances burn more electricity to “run the clock” than to provide the function for which you bought them (e.g., VCRs and microwave ovens).

“Mr. Electricity’s” real name is Michael Bluejay.

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Category: Energy, Sustainable Living

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. My name is Bluejay, not BlueJay. The correct way is listed on every page of all my websites.

    And it's odd for someone to say that I "go by" the name Michael Bluejay, given that it is my real, legal name (as explained on my bio page).

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Mr. Bluejay, I apologize for the incorrect spelling of your name. I will correct that spelling on my post and I will let my readers know that you were miffed that I didn't read enough of your vast (and exquisitely helpful) website, following the link into your vast ancillary website, where I could have learned that your real name is, indeed, "Bluejay." It sounded like a psuedonym to me, which is why I described it the way I did. That I capitalized the "j" in "Bluejay" was inadvertent. The fact that you published a special section dedicated to pointing out that your name is really "Bluejay" (the sixth subsection of your "About Me" page of your ancillary site) suggests that I was not the first person to wonder about this. Perhaps I was justified in wondering, since you choose to use "Mr. Electricity" in tandem with "Michael Bluejay," and since there appears to be only six people in the entire United States carrying the last name of "Bluejay." http://names.whitepages.com/last/Bluejay

      Frankly, I found your response off-putting, especially given the fact that I had extolled the virtues of your site, Saving Electricity. I would have thought that I would have received a comment more like the following:

      Hey, Erich, thanks for promoting my website. I'm glad to see that you and I share a common interest in this important topic of energy conservation. By the way, my real name actually is "Michael Bluejay." Cheers.

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