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CFLs, Waste and Environment

RJ has vowed to use CFLs, I too have been chief advocate of CFLs myself. I have also posted a Common Craft video that tells us CFL, though expensive, prove useful in longer run. But in my own house, I am having trouble to implement CFLs. Reason? CFLs do not last long. In 6 months, 3 CFLs have perished. My grandfather is now steadfast to avoid CFLs as he is convinced they are bad quality. Of course, I tried to reason with him, explained my reasons. But he refuses to invest in CFL that he thinks is waste. Yet I invested in more CFLs. Our argument did not finish here.

But I had two new questions in mind. One, I wonder are we not getting good quality CFLs in market? Do your CFLs last long?

Second, why does not government take a step to phase our incandescent bulbs and focus energies on CFLs. That way none of us would use incandescent bulbs. Most countries are phasing these out, and some countries have already banned. Greenpeace, in India, did start a campaign against bulb manufacturers. Though CFLs are mandatory in India in all institutions including hospitals.

Anyway, I had forgotten the argument at home. My grandpa reminded me of our argument when he told me CFL also required careful waste disposal (thank our newspapers!). CFLs have toxic mercury, apparently a Swedish firm has been authorised to collect and recycle CFLs in India. If we are not careful with disposal of our CFLs, it may be part of landfill site or may contaminate public water system.

Dinsan also sent me a link about people living with zero waste. Other time I complained about lack of gradens in my city, Shefaly sent me this interesting article about vertical farming.

May we make zero waste, dispose what we must carefully, plant as much as possible. 🙂

Say NO to crackers!

Say NO to crackers!

This diwali lets celebrate a smoke-free diwali. Lets say NO to crackers.

Pic source: http://tribuneindia.com

Ref: http://www.tribuneindia.com/2004/20041111/pun.jpg

We have 8 years to save the planet!

In a shocking revelation, Al Gore’s docu-presentation called An inconvenient truth stated that “We have only 8 years to save the planet Earth”. Such are the disastrous effects of Global Warming.

Now, coming to the most important part of this post. What is it that we can do? The documentary states:

My favorite points, the ones with more relevance in India have been highlighted in red.

  • Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (cfl).
    CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. If every family in the U.S. made the switch, we’d reduce carbon dioxide by more than 90 billion pounds! You can purchase CFLs online from the Energy Federation.

Click here to read how changing each incandescent bulb to cfl bulb will make difference in India. It reduces power consumption by 60% in Delhi alone.

  • Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer.
    Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has more tips for saving energy on heating and cooling.
  • Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner.
    Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.