One of my favorite authors is Seth Godin. In fact, listening to his audiobook Small is the New Big, is what inspired me to start my own blog. Today, he posted a riff about CF lightbulbs, asking how many of us have them in our homes and why or why not. Well, I have at least nine in my home. There would be more, but the last trip to the store in a hurry found an Ace Hardware that did not have the size bulbs we needed. Below are the reasons that I am gradually changing exclusively to CF lightbulbs:
1. I can have 3 to 4 times more lumens with much less watts. Lots more light with lots less energy.
2. They do not produce as much heat.
3. Over the life of the bulb, they save money. Since they last longer, I change them less often and have to buy less.
4. Less bulbs equals less trash for the environment.
Alas, there are also a few things that I do not like:
a. They take several minutes to produce the expected amount of light. In other words, they have to warm up.
b. I have to decide what hue to buy, whether full spectrum, yellow, or blue. Choices, choices!
We may think that unless we each make many changes to help the environment, our actions do not matter. NOT TRUE! If we all do as much as we are willing and able, (even if it is just to use more safe and effective lightbulbs) over the millions of inhabitants, it will add up to something significant.