One Billon Bulbs

| April 22, 2007 | 2 Replies

I’ve written before about what a good idea I think it is to wean ourselves off of non-renewable energy sources. Petroleum – oil – is a special problem not only because it’s non-renewable but also because it has geopolitical value far beyond its actual worth. We’re not going to become oil independent anytime soon because way too much of what we use in this country depends on oil.

But we can take small steps to use a little less in our every day lives.

One of the easier ways we can do that is my switching from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs.

I changed a bunch of bulbs where I live a couple of months ago and I’ve not noticed any real difference in the quality of light they give. I have noticed that my electric bill is a little bit lower (mostly because I don’t use a lot of light bulbs) and I’m happy tht I’m not going to have to change these bulbs for four or five years.

So I recommend that all of you give them a try, too. They’re easy to use, good for the environment, good for our pocketbook, and you won’t need to change them much. What’s not to like?

There’s a group I’m recommending also that’s tracking how many compact fluorescent bulbs we’re using. It’s called OneBillionBulbs and it’s making a good start toward a real energy-savings program that regular ordinary folks like us can adopt. The goal here is not only to help our environment, which is important in itself, but also to save energy and us some cash.

You do like having more money, right? Yep, I thought so.

So, okay. I started a little group of my own, right here. If you’ve switched over to compact fluorescents at all, join my group and record your purchase. I’d like to have a hundred bulbs by the end of May and, by the end of the summer, I’d like to see 500 bulbs changed.

It’s a small goal, but I have a small blog. It fits.

Here’s how we’re doing so far. Hit the link, read up on OneBillionBulbs, and change a few.

One Billion Bulbs Sundry Bulbs! Bulbs Change Statistics

Now you may be a little resistant. I know I was at first. So here’s what I’ll ask.

Change one bulb. Just one.

Live with it for a month and, if you don’t like it, change it back.

But if you do like it, and I think you will, change more. Change them all.

It’s a good thing to do.

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