[mythtv-users] [Slightly OT] solar power for all our gadgets

Joe jfwd at phlobus.net
Fri Mar 20 14:42:02 UTC 2009

On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 11:27 PM, Johnny <jarpublic at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Compact flourescent lamps are actually a net loss to the planet, once the
>> energy to make them and transport them is taken into account,
>> notwithstanding the mercury problem.
> I see this idea promoted frequently, but when the numbers are actually
> analyzed the assumption proves to be quite inaccurate. I have seen
> studies showing that CFLs break even when compared to incandescent
> bulbs (including manufacturing energy) in the first 50 hours of use.
> That analysis didn't look at shipping cost but I highly doubt that a

I always see "shipping from China" brought up as an argument against
CFL's too, but it's a pretty moot point in my opinion.  Last I looked
I'm pretty sure I saw a "Made in China" label on the box of
incandescent bulbs as well.  I'm quite certain they weren't made in
the factory buildings downtown in my city (they're all empty).  So
there's shipping energy for everything.  Besides, it's a problem that
can be solved by building a closer factory and not really a problem
with the technology itself.

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