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I think I've heard this question about 20 times: "how did you end up being the light bulb guy?"

It seems to go like this ...

I try to talk about permaculture and the response is: "I already bought the light bulbs, so I don't need to hear about that." and then I try to explain that that's greenwashing and am told "the power companies would not do greenwashing." And as I try to explain why they would, I usually am not allowed to say more than 15 seconds worth.

But the message is a big message.

I first wrote the article as a reponse to some mis-information on reddit that just grew so big, that I mashed it into a web page.

The upside of the article is that it drew in a lot of like-minded folks. But about 75% of the people that encountered it were still dead set against it.

As an odd thing: apparently there is some political thing around CFLs. Apparently, the CFL is the flag of the liberal and incandescent is the flag of the conservative. And if you suggest that a CFL is bad, then you must be a conservative. Wow! This is utterly baffling to me. I always thought the liberals would stand against pollution and fat cat money. And that is what this is really about.

I don't like being "the light bulb guy". But it seems that the CFL is preventing people from learning about permaculture. So I feel compelled to remove that barrier.





 
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paul wheaton wrote:
I don't like being "the light bulb guy".  But it seems that the CFL is preventing people from learning about permaculture.  So I feel compelled to remove that barrier.



To get money in my Health Savings account through my husband's work, I have to go onto this website every day and click things saying I walked so many steps and how I've done on my health goals. I have to get something like 5,000 "points" to get the Health Savings money. And one of the things that gets points is reading these little "cards" that are supposed to teach you all about being healthy and sustainable.

This is the card I read today:

This is how to be sustainable and eco-friendly?



Apparently, even in 2021, people are STILL being told that they can save the environment by buying appliances and lightbulbs. And so, it looks like you're still probably stuck being the Light Bulb Guy for a while longer.



For those wanting to know more about Incandescent vs LED vs Florescent lighbulbs:

It is 2021 and incandescent is still better than LED

CFL Brightness and Longevity Claims

Light Bulb Conspiracy

CFL Fluorescent Light Bulbs: More Hype Than Value

Wheaton Eco Scale
 
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