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Get people to participate in the 'Million Bulb Swap Out' campaign to help fight global warming


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WendyI've switched out as many as I can!

I’ve switched out 15 lightbulbs (which is fewer than I originally pledged, but I don’t have any more burnt out bulbs in the house right now, and we’re moving soon). Once we’re in a new place permanently, I’ll make a new pledge. Plus, I’ve posted about this to my LiveJournal, to encourage others to participate.

And if you haven’t yet participated, nudgenudge here is the link again, to the Million Bulb Swap Out campaign! Fight global warming one bulb at a time! 7 years ago

CloudberryI've got to cheat a little here

First of all, I never looked into the official event, but I did encourage people to go to Ikea to buy compact fluorescents. I am also going to volunteer at the DC Green Festival, which encourages all kinds of stuff like that, so I’m bound to become an annoying little green noodge for a while. 8 years ago

ShannonI didn't know this is what I was doing......

I have switched out my bulbs to these above as they conserve energy. I am so burnt up over how much the price of electric has gone up, I am not interested in giving them anymore of my hard earned cash than I have to.

Next spring/summer, we are replacing all the windows in our home with NEW< AIRTIGHT, ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY WINDOWS. 8 years ago

PattyTrishMoving this to my Ecological Footprint goal!

One of many good ways to be a better steward! 8 years ago

WendyOne step forward, two steps back?

Today, I finally took some action on this goal – I went around my home and counted the various types of lightbulbs (even brought a couple of samples along with me), and headed to IKEA. So, I am now in posession of several energy-saving lightbulbs! (That’s the step forward).

The steps back are: IKEA only had two of the types I need; I still need to find globes and ones for the recessed lighting fixtures in the house. But this isn’t nearly as bad as the other giant step backward – my roommate suspects that we have some sort of wiring problem in the house (we tend to go through lightbulbs a lot quicker than normal). And I don’t really want to install all these (not cheap!) new bulbs, only to have them blow out very quickly. So, I think an electrician needs to be called before I can go much further with this goal! WAH.

Although . . . there is something I can do. I’ll cross-post this to my LJ, so that my friends there will hopefully get inspired to change their lightbulbs, too! (And will hopefully all have happy wiring in their homes, so they can actually do it sooner rather than later). :D

BTW, I pledged to swap out 35 bulbs, which is a rough estimate, but reasonably accurate, I think. 8 years ago

PattyTrishAhah - Ikea!

I imagine those big hardware stores will have these bulbs too. I usually buy my bulbs at the local supermarket and went there today, but they don’t have the flourescent ones….I was surprised. So, next trip near another store will see me popping in. I understand the voltage or wattage is a little different and want to read and see what are the equivalents to the incadescent ones I already use. (Now I have to check the spelling of incadescent…..this is quite a “big word” goal….
PT : )

Edit: (spelling check!)
Fahrenheit 8 years ago

Cloudberryfor anyone who lives near an IKEA

they have compact fluorescents very cheaply… 8 years ago

WendyLightbulb Moment ;)

What a great idea, and thanks for inviting me to join this team!

I’ll go through the house tomorrow, and come up with a count of how many I could switch out. (Should also go to the hardware store and see which types of bulbs are available, just to make sure I can get these compact bulbs in all the styles we’ve got in the house). Then I’ll go and make my pledge (and post another entry here afterwards).

:) 8 years ago

PattyTrishI shall start with two

Next time I am out I will pick up two bulbs (flourescent) and also check the spelling of flourescent…..

It is 100 degrees Farenheit (another hard to spell word) out there today and I ain’t moving. I do, however, have all but one light out in my home….

PT 8 years ago

rayanne1Did it!

I put in my pledge to swap out 16 bulbs (which I already did) and I emailed several people about doing this as well. I even offered to buy them at Sam’s Club (where they’re much cheaper) for anyone who doesn’t have a membership. Hopefully I’ll win some converts! 8 years ago

jaosehlTake the pledge

Why Switch?

What costs less than two grande lattes, saves you a bunch of money and helps save the planet?

Compact fluorescent bulbs.

They screw into ordinary light sockets.

They give the same light as traditional bulbs.

Replace one 100-watt bulb with a just-as-bright 30-watt compact fluorescent, and cut more than 1,300 pounds of the global warming pollutant carbon dioxide over the life of the bulb. Swap out two bulbs to lower your household emissions by more than a ton!

It’s that easy! 8 years ago

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