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How much stimulus money does it take to screw in a compact fluorescent light bulb?

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Apparently $109.5 million. From the aforementioned 100 Days, 100 Projects report:

The New York State Veteran's Home at St. Alban's, in Jamaica, New York, is using $109.5 million in Recovery Act spending to install more efficient motors, variable speed drive units, lighting, ballasts, lighting sensors, daylight sensors and to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. All of these improve the energy efficiency of the facility, lower costs, and lessen its impact on the environment.

Just curious -- let's say the improvements cut the facility's power bills by half. How many years will it take ...

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Reviewing Last Week’s National Dialogue on Recovery IT

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The following is an excerpt from what's been going on inside the head of Greg Elin, the retiring Chief Evangelist for the Sunlight Foundation, as he contemplates the Recovery's Board week-long virtual brainstorming event TheNationalDialogue.org which concluded Sunday. Moderator: The Recovery Board has launched a web site for what it bills as a National Dialogue on Recovery IT hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration. The virtual event began on Monday, April 27 and ended Sunday, May 3. To discuss how the event went are my two guests who have been following Recovery.gov. My first guest is happy "Greg :-)" who believes the Web changes everything and end-users made the conversation fruitful. Presenting a different view is grumpy "Greg :-(" who knows a bureaucracy when he sees one and wonders how this was a dialogue if no Recovery Board IT people participated. Greg :-) I'm happy to be here. Greg :-( (Hmpf) Thank you for having me.

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