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Christmas Lights Campaign

Update 10/25/06: There's now a gift card you can print up and add to your CFL gift which gives the gift that extra educational value. CFL gift card

UPDATE:
Taraluna is offering free CFLs with a $50 or more purchase of Fair Trade, Organic and Green gifts and products. If you just want to buy CFLs it's also a great place to go. You can buy 75 watt equivelent CFLs for just $3. Each bulb will save you anywhere from $36 to $60 in energy costs over the life of the bulb, making it a gift that keeps on giving. Taraluna's CFLs
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Christmas Lights
Christmas Lights


Gandhi once famously said that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. He also apparently commented that if we each bring light to one dark corner then the world will be full of light. Finally Gandhi tells us that we must Be the change.

The Christmas Lights campaign seeks to help you achieve all three things: make a positive change to our world, start putting any green guilt you carry around to rest and finally, but perhaps most importantly, this campaign will help all of us be the change one dark corner at a time.

Based on the Question that Al from City Hippy asked that I replied to we are delighted to announce the official launch of the Christmas Lights campaign.

WHAT IT IS?
The goal of the campaign is to encourage as many people and businesses as possible to pledge that this 'Christmas / Chanukah / Kwanzaa / Holiday Season / Whatever' they will buy CFL bulbs for friends and family or employees thus increasing efficiency, lowering emissions and helping to gently educate people as to the benefits of CFL bulbs.

HOW IT WORKS:
For each employee or person you buy gifts for over the holiday season, please pledge (via the comments below) to buy one compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb for them as well. Add it on as an extra or take it out the gift money you were gonna spend on them - whatever suits you.

In your pledge we want to know how many bulbs you pledge to gift.

HELP SPREAD THE LIGHT:

Additionally, you can help us spread the word and tell others about the campaign via:

- your own blog using the WordofBlog campaign tile appearing here:

- email using the PDF that will be here shortly or just direct them to this post

- or just good old fashioned word of mouth

We will keep a tally of how many people participate and how many bulbs are pledged.

TARGET
Our target is to get pledges for 100,000 bulbs as this would reduce global CO2 emissions by approximately 50,000 to 62,500 tons – the equivalent of offsetting approximately 2000-2500 US citizens or 4000-5000 UK citizens entirely for a whole year. (Extrapolated from here )

CFL FACTS:
For each incandescent bulb you replace with a CFL, you can save approximately 1000 to 1250 pounds of CO2 from being added to the atmosphere during the life of the bulb.

Each bulb can save you over $30 or £16 pounds over the life of the bulb in energy costs. That's because CFLs use 75% less energy and produce 90% less heat than incandescent bulbs.

CFLs are a gift that keeps on giving in money saved.

Do you have complicated or hard to reach light fixtures? CFLs can last 10,000 hours – 8 to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, which means a lot less labor and time spent on ladders and chairs.

An added bonus is that CFLs are safer than incandescents – they're cool to the touch and are less likely to cause burns or fires – although make sure you buy high watt CFLs to ensure they provide enough light for the person you are buying for. Here are some wattage equivalents for you:

15W CFL = 60W regular bulb
20W CFL = 75W regular
29W CFL = 100W regular
40W CFL = 150W regular
55W CFL = 250-300W regular
(figures from GE Lighting website)

CAVEATS:
"To maximize savings, use CFLs in places where lights are on for long periods of time. Frequent switching on and off will shorten the CFL's life."

"CFLs contain four milligrams of mercury, approximately half the mercury found in a linear fluorescent lamp. Mercury vapour will only be released when the lamp is broken while operating. Most lamp manufacturers offer a "low mercury" or environmentally friendly lamp. The green socket or end cap identifies these lamps."

Taken from the Earth Day Network

We look forward to your participation and to a very Bright Holiday season thanks to all our Christmas Lights

Namaste

Al ( CityHippy) & Jenni (Green Jenni)


 

Comments

green_jenni
Jul. 27th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'll start
I pledge to give two bulbs per sibling and parent = 14 bulbs
I pledge to give 1 bulb each to friends that I usually gift + co-workers = approx. 20

Total pledged = 34

I've found that when CFLs go on sale at the local Smith's Marketplace, they can be found for $3 to $6 each.
green_jenni
Jul. 27th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: I'll start
I personally plan on using the bulb as the whole gift and not as an add on to another gift, so I can probably get most of my non-household Christmas done for under $200 this way.

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