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CHANGE THE WORLD WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE – OCTOBER 12, 2011
This Week’s Challenge on Reduce Footprints:
This week’s challenge comes from Rachel. She suggests that we revist an old challenge … with a twist. Here you go:
I guess I am a bit too frugal sometimes, in that I don’t replace something until it wears out or breaks anymore. Yeah I know that CFLs and LEDs are more energy efficient and all that, but the incandescents that we have left are still working just fine, so why replace them until they burn out. I think we only have 3-4 left and they are in rooms that don’t get that much use.
As the incandescent bulbs in the house/garage stop working we are replacing them with LED or CFL bulbs. Personally I prefer the light given off by the LED bulbs and that is the direction I am going for future bulb purchases.
We haven’t really noticed any difference in our light bill from when we started using the “superior” bulbs a few years ago. Then again we are pretty frugal with our turning on and off our lights and we have a small home.
The local hardware store and transfer stations recycle CFL light bulbs for free. We haven’t had to replace a CFL bulb yet, so the recycling of them has not been an issue for us YET.
I can see a problem with waiting to get them to a recycling place or in the house – like any light bulb that they are subject to being broken and the toxins that are released when one breaks concerns me – especially if someone is there to breath in the vapor.
There is no doubt in my mind that sooner or later you will break a CFL bulb. However, it doesn’t seem to concern the green community all that much, because so many are on the CFL bandwagon, so it can’t be that big a concern. I haven’t really researched this point all that much, but it does concern me.
No the switch-over from incandescent lights to the more energy efficient ones has been a slow transition and not one that we have overly hurried to do. As the new light bulbs become better and more ascetically appealing the transition is not as difficult. Pretty soon it won’t matter, when they stop selling the incandescent and then everyone will just have to switch.