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Change the World Wednesdays: Energy Efficient Lights

Small Footprints has started a series called "Change the World Wednesdays." This week's challenge is energy efficient lights.

BASIC:
Earlier this week, President Obama announced a plan to make lighting our homes and businesses more energy efficient (you can read about it HERE). So, let's do our part: Replace at least one incandescent bulb in your home with either a CFL or LED bulb.

ADVANCED:
OR ... if you've already replaced the bulbs in your home with energy efficient varieties, write a post about CFLs and LEDs and then ... contact five (5) new blogs (blogs which you've never visited before) and invite them to join the challenge by visiting your site.


We've already replaced many of our lights, where possible, with compact fluorescent lights. I am pleased to report that these are more resistant to magical interference, which means the lightbulbs in my office now last for several months instead of blowing out every 2-3 weeks like the incandescent ones did. I think the only places we aren't using CFLs are where they won't fit; we've got some old chandeliers and some tube fluorescent fixtures. But the ones that used regular incandescents are now CFLs. When we went to the annual meeting picnic for our electric co-op, they gave out free CFLs along with other swag.

I did try one LED light. It is a dark-activated nightlight. It was affordable and Earth-friendly. Unfortunately, it does a very poor job of actually lighting the bathroom so that people can see to use it at night without turning on the overhead. The green power light on the front of the freezer gives off more light. So I will probably not experiment further with LED lights.

Here are some resources about CFLs for further exploration:

Energy Star parameters
FAQ page for CFLs
Energy Efficient Lighting (compares CFL & LED)
The Best Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (compares CFLs to incandescents)
CFL Bulbs Have One Hitch: Toxic Mercury

I was going to contact 5 blogs, but my net connection is awful today, so I just did one:
WorldChanging
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