Monday, March 30, 2009

Edison goes Green

Saturday was Earth Hour. If you didn't turn off your lights it's okay, don't feel bad I forgot too. But since it is only once a year, and we both forgot, let's think of other ways to save energy through lighting the other 364 days? One easy way is by the light bulbs used under all your LiTshades.
Most light bulbs or Incandescent bulbs are made in a wide range of sizes and voltages, from 1.5 volts to about 300 volts. Although, it is believed Thomas Edison invented the light bulb their were actually 22 inventors of incandescent bulbs pre-Edison. It's possible Edison was most successful because he not only invented the light bulb but also the entire system of electrical lighting. Which would make sense as a light bulb without an electrical lighting system is basically just glass and wires.

Since Edison, a number of other bulbs and electrical inventions have been discovered and are still in use today. The best and most green and energy efficient invention however came with the creation of the Energy Star Compact Fluorescent light bulbs. You've seen them they are curly, very white light bulbs that give off a less artificial light making not only the paint in your house it true color but making you and your guests look better.

According to the governments Energy Star website if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. By changing just one light bulb!

Now I don't know about you, but I think my LiTshade looks better with an Energy Star bulb and what an easy way to save the world. Another cool thing about the bulb is that they are recyclable at places like Lowe's and Home Depot and you can buy them in packs of eight or ten at Costco and you get a rebate coupon that makes the switch even cheaper!

So if you missed Earth Hour on Saturday, don't worry it's cool, you can still do your part by changing just one light bulb in your house. Just think how much of the world you could save if you changed all the light bulbs in your house and then if you convinced all your friends and family to change theirs, oh the power you could hold WAH HA HA!!! Sorry I got carried away.

Just a bright, earth friendly idea from your friends at LiT.

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