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May 06, 2011

One Small Thing: How Many Compact Fluorescents Does it Take?

One_small_thing_logoThe amount of atmospheric carbon has skyrocketed. And world leaders are balking at doing anything about it. What can one person do? Not much -- unless a lot of people take part.

That's why once a week until Earth Day 2012, we'll post one small thing you can do to lessen your carbon footprint. Indicate that you're on board by liking and sharing the small thing. The goal is to get enough people participating that one small thing will turn into be a very big deal. This week's thing is:

#3. Replace!

Don't wait till your outdated incandescent bulbs burn out. Sierra magazine's Mr. Green says to replace them CFLs now! "Say you have a 100-watt incandescent that has provided 500 hours of light. If it burns for another 500 hours, it will consume 50 kilowatt-hours. That's four times the energy a compact fluorescent bulb would require to produce the same amount of light and nearly 30 times the energy needed to produce a new CFL. Generating those extra kilowatts-hours for the incandescent with fossil fuel would require the equivalent of almost three gallons of gasoline or 35 pounds of coal."

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