Image credit: Paul Wheaton/Kickstarter
I've confessed before that I am a little obsessed with Paul Wheaton's permaculture-themed YouTube channel. From rocket mass stoves through tiny houses to how to kill a chicken, he covers the kind of DIY, back-to-the-land hardcore green living that should serve as inspiration for all of us, whatever our level of green commitment.
But for the first time ever he's stopped work on a video because it proved too expensive. So he's asking for our help. The interesting part is the subject—he wants to take a critical look at that oh-so-green icon, the Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb.
TreeHugger has spent plenty of time debunking anti-CFL propaganda myths like the $2000 toxic clean up. So you'd think we wouldn't be too keen on promoting a video that trashes this darling technology of the green world.
But given Paul's track record of providing interesting, insightful contributions to the green debate, we're interested to see what comes of it. If the Kickstarter video is anything to go by, Paul's primary problem with CFLs isn't their material composition—it's their performance.
In households that don't waste electricity, says Paul, light bulbs should hardly ne on for more than 30 seconds. (Now I really do feel like an energy hog!) And in those kind of conditions, the CFL is about as poor a choice as you could make.
We look forward to seeing what comes of this video. It will, apparently, be called "Turn the Damn Lights Out!". At the time of writing Paul was just $280 short of his target. Head on over to Kickstarter if you want to fund Paul's farmer laboratory explorations with CFLs in ultra-low energy households.