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Thinking about energy saving lightbulbs - The Lyorn's Den

Sun Jan. 18th, 2009

04:29 pm - Thinking about energy saving lightbulbs

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Now that it's still dark early, I notice how much I run into and out of the kitchen all the time. Every half-hour to an hour, if not more, often for a minute or less. Used to be I turned on the light when I went in, off when I went out. Little wonder I had to replace one or two of the five 40W light bulbs per year.

Now I'm starting to switch to energy saving light bulbs, which, I read, should be left burning at least for 15 minutes. So the lights in the kitchen are now on more-or-less permanently when I'm at home. That means, on a normal workday evening, 1*5 hours instead of 10*1 minute plus 30 minutes for cooking dinner.

I'm not sure if this would actually be saving energy if all five bulbs were energy savers. With only one of them, so far (the others refuse to break down), I'm sure it doesn't.

ETA: Vaguely on-topic (re: saving energy) -- a little alternate history from the Guardian: "No one thought Al Gore would be a loveable president, but, after eight years in the White House, he has gotten truly tiresome". (via MakingLight).

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