CFLs Not Really Green

Don’t buy the hype: Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are not green or energy efficient. In fact, we suggest you stock up on incandescent bulbs which will be the new black market in electricity– before they are outlawed in early 2012. So what’s our reasoning?        This article explains it very well.  Here are some of the key points:

  • Thinking that CFLs are more efficient, people will be encouraged to leave lights on longer than they would have. In our condo building, my husband changes the bulbs, all of which are flourescent and do not last any longer than regular light bulbs. They are constantly out.
  • The years-long life expectancy of CFLs is simply inaccurate, especially since a CFL’s lifespan is reduced when turning it on and off.
  • Incandescent bulbs cost much less than CFLs and last longer, so your “energy savings” is canceled out by having to pay more to replace a shorter-lasting bulb.
  • CFLs have mercury in them, which isn’t biodegradable and builds up in landfills. Even with the option of special recycling places for CFLs, most people will probably still toss them in the trash.
  • Some European countries are now trying to BAN the CFL because its not living up to it’s hype and are bad for the environment.

You can learn more about the soon mandatory CFL bulbs here.

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