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Unscrew America

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Unscrew America is a really cool and informative website full of information about switching out your old light bulbs for new energy efficient ones.

This website is a lot fun. It does use pop up windows so you will need to eventually allow the pop ups or not. Enjoy!

More information on another website about incandescent vs. CFL vs. LED light bulbs. Vilay and I have been buying CFL bulbs for the past three years. Every bulb changed does matter in regard to energy consumption and the future of this world.

I think Unscrew Earth would have been a better name for the Unscrew America website because we are all responsible for this planet that we share.

Update: I have added the following information in regard to using fluorescent bulbs such as CFL’s.

Matt informed me in comments about the fact that these bulbs are not easily disposable and if broken it is treated as a hazardous waste.

These bulbs need to be disposed of properly. You cannot simply throw them in the trash.

Follow this link to find out where you can dispose of your mercury-containing light bulbs (for US only).

If you break one in your home please follow this link to learn how to clean it up safely.
Due to a small amount of mercury inside the bulb you must take precautions.

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  • M@ February 27, 2008, 8:41 pm

    We had started to make the change to CFL, but now I’m starting to rethink that decision. They can’t be easily disposed of, if they break they have to be treated as hazardous waste. So we will probably keep the ones we have for now, but I won’t be replacing others for now. It can make a big difference in electric bills though. :)

  • Pumpkin February 28, 2008, 1:50 pm

    M@, You’re right! I didn’t know that. I will add some links to my post that I found. Thank you.

    I don’t know if we will continue now because I read about how to clean up if you break a CFL bulb in your home and it made me think twice about using them with such small kids in our home.

  • Cathy Y. February 28, 2008, 5:21 pm

    Not only the clean-up issue, but we’ve heard that people with chronic headaches can have problems with the light that comes from the newer bulbs. Since someone in our family has a problem with headaches, we are putting off getting them until we absolutely have to.

  • M@ February 28, 2008, 5:34 pm

    I forgot about that part Cathy, though I think the newer ones don’t cause the same problem. Nay started getting more migraines after we started using them in some of our main lights.

  • Just wondering... March 7, 2008, 11:26 pm

    Fluorescent bulbs contribute to ADD, does anybody know if CFL’s are the same?
    Also, doesn’t it occur to anybody else that though the empirical evidence for global warming has been around for years, nobody has talked about forcing the corporations to clean up, even though it is their products and manufacturing (that seem to only be getting more toxic by the way) that has caused the position we are in. So why are all of us common people being targeted by the “green up” campaingn? You wanna do something to lessen your impact on the world- take “bucket” showers and quit driving your car all over town. Quit worrying about “your environment” and get to know and respect the beautiful being that is Nature.
    Peace!

  • Pumpkin March 11, 2008, 11:55 am

    Just wondering, I don’t know about CFL’s and headaches. But, a quick Google search says yes…here is one of the sites I found.

    http://www.switched.com/2008/01/02/compact-fluorescent-bulbs-causing-migraine-headaches/

    I totally agree that what large corporations are doing is equally important. They are dumping tons of pollutants into the air and who knows what else.

    I don’t agree that we should stop worrying about protecting our environment and enjoy it. If we don’t change the direction we are going there won’t be a beautiful natural environment left to enjoy.
    I think we can do both. It is the least we can do our of respect and love for our environment.

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