Happy Earth Day!
Inspired by the desire to prevent our societies from succumbing to global warming, I decided to take action this weekend. I was reviewing the Earth Day website to see if there would be any large gatherings on The Mall today, and pledged myself to Project Switch. The goal is to spur the widespread adoption of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's) which are more efficient, and longer lasting, than incandescent light bulbs.
Initially, I intended to head to Target or Home Depot, however their websites didn't reflect much in the way of selection. I only have two floor lamps, and prefer to keep the 3-way lighting capability of my current bulbs. A quick Google search on the Internet turned up Energy Federation Incorporated's Consumer Division Online Store, complete with an array of compact fluorescent lamps, including two types of 3-way bulbs.
I ordered two Feit 3-way Ecobulb Twists at $9.95 each. Including shipping, the cost totaled about $25 – about five times what I'm use to paying. Despite the cost, I feel A LOT better about being a contributor to the solution, rather than a fatalistic bump on a log.
My Earth Day challenge to YOU reading is to change at least one incandescent bulb for a flourescent this weekend. The Earth will thank you!
Further Reading – Wikipedia's entry on compact fluorescent lamps and GE's Lighting FAQ