Thursday, October 1, 2009

CFL Bulbs Are A Trap

So, you're walking through Wal-Mart, or some other store because Wal-Mart is an evil corporation that exploits it's workers by not giving them health care, and you see a 3-pack of CFL bulbs for around $15. You think, "Wow, that's expensive." But then you see the benefits on the package. They're good for the environment. Well, no one want's be be compared to a Holocaust denier. Then you see they last between 5-7 years. You won't have to buy more for a LONG time. Then you read that they lower your energy bill. Hey, who can't afford to save some money? Right? So you grab them feeling pretty good about yourself. In fact, you get quite a few to fill up our entire house. Think of the savings. You exchange all your old non-green filament bulbs and the new CFL bulbs are better. Much brighter and things look clearer. Awesome. Cut to 2, not 5 or 7, years later and you've already had two bulbs go out. You have to travel almost 30 miles to Home Depot because it's the only place near you that you can take those green CFL bulbs to be recycled because you can't just throw them away for the chemicals in them. You also haven't seen even a penny in savings on your energy bill. And you're wondering where the benefits are. But of course you'll go buy another one for $7 because, like I said, they do make everything brighter and clearer and you've come to like that.