Sunday, February 1, 2015

Are energy-saving light bulbs going to be an environmental disaster?

"Approximately 90 per cent of compact fluorescent light bulbs are being tossed in the trash, potentially contaminating the environment with mercury . . ."

As my mom, Ann Althouse, wrote back in 2008:

I hate fluorescent bulbs anyway, for aesthetic reasons. I'm willing to save energy by turning off or dimming more lights. But maybe you don't feel the aesthetic problem and you don't care about my trivial suffering. Why don't you care about the mercury?


Anonymous said...

But our betters know that once given appropriate directions, people will never break any of those CFLs or dispose of them in an improper manner, especially, they would never put them in the general trash so that they wind up in large quantities in public dumps creating mercury hot spots.

wildswan said...

Skip the CFL step and switch to LED light bulbs which are energy-efficient and lasting and have no mercury. They are merely expensive so start to switch now and be done in three years - the older LEDs will still be working

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