Green Mayor Issues Diss-charge

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By DAVID SEIFMAN
He has a degree in electrical engineering, but even
Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday he was surprised to learn that portable
chargers draw electricity when they’re plugged in and not in use.Ny_post_image

"I always assumed that chargers for my BlackBerry, which I had
plugged in at one end and there’s no BlackBerry [attached], wasn’t
using any electricity," the mayor said. "I was wrong."

So the
mayor recommended that New Yorkers unplug appliances and charging
devices whenever practical, one of 10 suggestions that will be part of
a multimillion-dollar multimedia campaign to create more environmental
awareness in the city through small steps.

GreeNYC, as the effort is known, will include ads on TV, in print, on radio and on bus shelters.

Officials said more than $3.2 million in "media assets" had been
pledged for the campaign by businesses, led by the Bank of America and
the city’s major media outlets.

Topping the list of easy
energy-saving moves, according to the mayor, is switching from regular
bulbs to compact fluorescents. The mayor has already made the switch at
City Hall and at his Upper East Side townhouse.

"An
incandescent bulb spends 95 percent of its energy generating heat,
which is worse than it sounds, because in the summer, we then have to
generate cooling," Bloomberg explained.

A 23-watt compact
fluorescent, the equivalent of a regular 100-watt bulb, was selling
yesterday for $3.37 at 1000bulbs.com. A regular bulb was 68 cents.

But Bloomberg said each fluorescent bulb would save about $100 in
electricity costs over its lifetime, despite the higher initial outlay.

Other eco-friendly ideas were mostly common sense: don’t air
condition an empty room; walk or use mass transit; recycle; bring your
own cloth shopping bag to the grocery; and use online billing.

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