CFLs and Saving the World

by Tim Fulton on August 30, 2008

Everybody knows that CFLs will save energy and money. Not only do they use less power but they don’t wear out as often as their incandescent counterparts. However, the CFL has become an icon of “green” culture as much as the Prius has, and this is stopping many people from looking beyond. Even Al Gore realizes this:

“In order to solve the climate crisis, we need to solve the democracy crisis,” Gore says. “Be an active citizen. Change the lightbulbs, but change the laws.”

Recently, EcoGeek talks about similar issues. In Hank’s words:

It’s not about asking people to choose, it’s giving them a better choice. If you build a light bulb that’s cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, has better light quality, and works exactly the same, people won’t be choosing a better technology, they’ll be choosing the only technology left.

I figured this was a good place to start posting on EcoRenovator, because this site is all about doing more than scratching the surface, it’s about making meaningful personal changes and showing others how affective, easy, and preferable those changes are.

When someone walks into an ecorenovator’s home not only do we want them to see the things like CFLs, but we want them to know about the things they can’t see, like efficient windows, insulation, solar water heating, and renewable utilities.

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