Although compact fluorescent light bulbs require higher upfront costs, they use two-thirds less energy and last eight times longer than the average life span of an incandescent bulb. One simple CFL purchase of less than ten dollars has the potential to reduce your carbon emissions by 1,300 lbs and save you around thirty-six dollars throughout the life of the bulb. Better yet, if every American household took the same action we would eliminate 800,000 cars’ worth of greenhouse-gas emissions. Talk about an easy way to make a big impact!
For other easy ways to make a big impact in reducing your carbon emissions check out The Slate Green Challenge with Treehugger. Over 27,000 of our readers have made the pledge to collectively reduce their CO2 emissions by twenty percent, so why haven’t you? This week’s topic of electricity addresses ways to reduce your impact while trimming your energy bills. If you are one of the first 500 contestants who are serious about the challenge our sponsors at I’m Organic will have you looking both conscientious and cool in your new organic cotton t-shirt. ::Slate Green Challenge Welcome ::Slate Green Challenge Week 5: Electricity