I have complained about those stupid supposedly 'better' bulbs that so many have said are great, much better for the environment, etc etc various times in the past on this blog. But I must admit I was surprised to see a post on Natural News.com about them today! Here are some excerpts:
"The idea to ban incandescent bulbs emerged from the false notion that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) are better for the environment because they use less energy. "
Notice that naturalnews says 'false' notion.
I was also reading through the comments on their facebook page and saw others post that they too changed all their bulbs to CFLs and most were burned out within a year. That's exactly what happened in my house. I changed the burned ones back to the old incandescents and have not had to replace them yet even though it is coming up on 2 years. Well, tell a lie, I've had to replace the outdoor ones at least once per winter season but they go through a lot more than the indoor ones do so I'm not surprised. At any rate, I had the CFLs burn out after one week of -30C weather so the incandescents still did far far better.
A lot of the members of the natural news facebook site are trying to be healthier and more respectful to the environment, but I saw comments from people saying they were going to go out and buy 10 years worth of incandescent bulbs before the ban was supposed to go into effect next year. And it wasn't just because of the apparent mercury content either, according to the comments. A lot of people had trouble with the bulbs not lasting as long, and just not being able to afford to replace the CFLs over and over.
I did see a couple people say they definately saved money on their electric bill - but I would like to ask those people if they saved as much as the inital cost of the bulbs. I can tell you right now that I know I did not save $300 on my electric bill in that first year of using CFLs lol. That's what I would have to save just to break even with the cost of the bulbs themselves, let alone 'save' anything. But I am a little confused at some comments on the page saying that the coal plants that provide the energy for incandescents (ie coal electricity popular in so many US states) is dirtier still --- well, um... if you have all CFLs in your home, you are still using coal plant electricity so I fail to see the relevance of that comment lol. It was like some people were saying it's still better to use CFLs despite the mercury - well then they are using coal AND mercury... duh?!
Hmmm interesting side note, a commenter said that today the CEO of GE was named Jobs Creation Czar - but his company just closed the last incandescent bulb factory in the US and sold the contract to China. How's that for job creation? Weeeee
But this has got to be the scariest part.... another link on Natural News about what happened when a woman broke a CFL bulb in her daughter's bedroom and phoned someone to find out how she should clean it up, since she was unsure of the mercury.... Read This
If you think that is a hocus pocus story, you should READ THIS - the official EPA.gov webpage on how to clean up a broken CFL bulb.
Here are some highlights of the cleanup plan:
•Have people and pets leave the room, and avoid the breakage area on the way out.
•Open a window or door to the outdoors and leave the room for 5-10 minutes.
•Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning (H&AC) system, if you have one.
•Collect materials you will need to clean up the broken bulb:
◦Stiff paper or cardboard
◦Sticky tape (e.g., duct tape)
◦Damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces)
◦Glass jar with a metal lid (such as a canning jar) or a sealable plastic bag(s)
Vacuuming of hard surfaces during cleanup is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. [NOTE: It is possible that vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor, although available information on this problem is limited]
•Continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the H&AC system shut off, as practical, for several hours.
So anyway, after reading that, I dont even give a crap about the money savings (or not), I dont want another single one of these ridiculous bulbs in my home. Not ever. I think there is one left in one of my fixtures somewhere, and I am going to find it and get rid of it.
What about if these things are in our garbage dumps? Geezus murphy what a load of crap all this is!