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high efficiency florescent light bulbWould you like to make Blog Action Day resound through your community? Here's a blog action angle that, with some concentrated effort, could become more than just a nice idea.

People have become aware of the great energy and dollar savings that can be had by changing over from the old standard incandescent light bulbs to the new and improved high efficiency florescent light bulbs. Depending on bulb count and usage patterns, folks have seen reductions in their electric utility bills as high as ten percent. The cost outlay for these bulb switch-overs can be a bit steep, but the energy savings are immediate and over time the dollars saved can really add up. I have an idea that can really compound the value of light bulb change over.

Please read on to see what I'm getting at.

What I'd like you to think about is the possibility of making your light bulb change-over a community effort. I'd like to see some schools take this on as a school project. It would begin with the education of students about how the various light bulbs work, how they're manufactured and how they're disposed of. Then, the students should be shown the reality of just how much electricity can be saved by simply changing our lighting choices.

Once the students understand what we're talking about, there should be a call to action. A community information effort should be initiated. Solicit free advertising space from local papers and educate your entire community about the tremendous reduction of electrical usage that can be realized by a united bulb changing effort. School officials can seek out price reductions on high efficiency light bulbs for purchasing them in case lots, or even by the pallet load. As a matter of fact, an entire municipal school system could probably gather enough purchase commitments to make purchasing an entire truckload a viable option.

The key is to get enough firm commitments, or even enough prepaid orders to make purchasing a truck load safe. Stick with brand name manufacturers and trusted local suppliers and find out how low the price can be driven by volume purchasing. The lower the price, the more attractive the whole thing will be to the community.

The best part about this idea is that our schools are already quite efficient at fundraising efforts. This whole project could take the form of a fundraiser for your schools. Every year, thousands of students nationwide solicit funds for everything from football uniforms to band field trips. How much more willing will the community be to purchase light bulbs that will save them money and resources, than they are to buy candy bars and cookie dough? I think it's a pretty cool idea, how about you?


  • charlie

    I looked at the label on the "efficient" bulbs and they contain mercury, so are we just saving kilowatts and really loading our landfills with mercury??

  • John

    My problem with CLFs is that despite claims of ""turning on instantly" - they don't. I've never found one that does. Its always a few minutes (yes, minutes,not seconds), until its no longer dim in the room. During the day this isn't much a big deal, but walk into a dark house at night and turn on the light - its like barely lighting the room.

  • Dave

    But what to do about defectives? I purchased a dozen high efficiency bulbs - fluorescents - last month. Two didn't work when first installed and two stopped working last week. Perhaps someone is handling these thigs poorly in the manufacturing or shipping stages?

  • Ralph

    I have purchased many of these energy saving light bulbs for my basement use as many times i have left the lights on accidentally and using the energy saving bulbs i didnt use / waste the electricity as if i would have with incandesant bulbs. yes i have had many of them burn out before the time they should have but at the cost compared to the savings it has been worth it to me. I also use the bulbs in my garage to which is attached to my basement ,( the main entry to my home living spaces upstairs) and i see the energy savings by leaving on a light for my dog as he sleeps in the garage when we go away .I also use these bulbs in my garage for the motion detectors instead of the 150- 200 watt bulbs that some use for the light needed. I have seen a big savings of around 20 to 30 dollars a month using floresant bulbs.

  • Gary E. Sattler

    To Dave regarding defective bulbs:

    In a case like yours, I simply go to the store, buy a replacement bulb, put the defective one in the new package and return it to the store as defective product for refund.

    This is not dishonest. You have a right to get what you paid for and manufacturers need to know if their products are performing as expected.

    Thanks for your comments!


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