In a recent EPA Greenversations post, author Amy Miller writes about transitioning to energy-efficient CFL bulbs in her house and the reasons that U.S. consumers sometimes give for not using them.
A lot of us don’t like CFLs because we are not used to the way they look, or we think the light is harsh and don’t know alternative hues are available. We also think they cost more.
But what if is the value of a CFL was mostly measured in terms of energy efficiency instead of esthetics?
We forget that the CFL will last about eight times longer, and use a fourth as much electricity.
She then shared her experience about seeing CFLs everywhere while on a trip to Haiti. The difference? For people who store the day’s sunlight in solar-powered batteries for use at night, when it’s gone, it’s gone. Light’s out. CFLs then look like the best choice, because of the extra hours of light they emit per battery charge.
With cheap gas, faucets that flow endless clean water and switches that turn night to day, it can be hard to remember that most people in the world don’t share these luxuries. This post was a good reminder to me about the value of limited light and to be mindful of how I use our shared resources.