Change the World Wednesday – 12th Oct

I love Snoopy

Last week’s challenge was about Hallowe’en and greening it up. I loved the many ideas that I read through the week from comments and blogs that I visited.

As I said, we don’t have Hallowe’en here in Brazil, officially. One of the ideas I liked most was ignoring the commercial trick or treating version and get back to grass roots, the original idea of Samhain. The world needs this more and more in these times of crisis.

Remembering those who have gone. Image credit:

Here in Brazil, we have Finados (2 Nov), which is pretty much the same as the other Latin American countries with the Dia de los Muertos (1 & 2 Nov), a time when the departed are remembered.

Up the Ante:

So, I am going to up the ante! Late, I know. But, apart from your pumpkin (because many people don’t have the conditions to grow their own) – Don’t buy anything that is used only once for Hallowe’en! Make, or use what you have. That means no costumes, no sweets, no plasticky gimmicky things, nothing that is bought specifically for Hallowe’en. Things like candles, okay, they are used in emergencies the year round; food items, okay; if your little witches want to fly around on a broom, cool, buy one, they can use it the rest of the year to keep their room clean (saves electricity).

This week’s challenge is:

This week, replace at least one incandescent bulb in your home with either a CFL or LED bulb.

OR …
If you accomplished this challenge when we first ran it in July of 2009 (or before) … or if you felt, at that time, that you couldn’t participate … we’d like to know how it’s gone since then. Are you using Eco-friendly bulbs … why or why not? Do you prefer CFLs or LEDs … and why? If you’re using Eco-friendly bulbs, have you noticed a decrease in your electric bill? Do you recycle bulbs … if so, where? We’d like to know where you’re at now in regards to light bulbs.

Damn ugly looking things

I can only accuse Small Footprints for looking over my shoulder at the supermarket last Friday when I was studying eco-friendly CFLly light-bulbs. Yes, despite all that I have written about and against them, I was looking, prices and wattages.

I have only five light bulbs in the house. All are incandescent, all are 60 watt. In the nearly three years I have been in this house I have replaced four of them (having said that, Murphy dictates that the bathroom one will blow within days).

I will buy one this week and replace the lounge one, and as each one needs replacing, I will succumb to the dictates of being ‘green’ and buy another one. Just out of curiosity to see how they go and if they do make a difference in the power bill.

I still think they are ugly!


Read Rather Frightening for my recanting of this decision.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smallftprints on October 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Actually … I have special powers … super powers … I “see” all (hehe). Wowee, AV … I’m just thrilled that you’re going to give those ugly lightbulbs a try! WhooHoo! I’ll be interested to hear what your final conclusions are after using them for awhile. I’ve been totally impressed by CFLs … they have so many options now for nice lighting … no more obnoxious white light that flickers. The other thing that I like is that they are making them smaller so the “ugly” is, at least, small enough not to be too visible. 🙂 I’m hoping that LEDs will improve in both use and price … while CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, LEDs don’t. So that’s my next step! Just curious … in Brazil do you have a means to recycle CFLs? Thanks, AV!



    • @SF, I suspected as much. I have truly waxed and waned over the issue of CFLs. I have tried them without much success, so I am going to have another go. I’ll have to find out about the recycle aspect here; I’ll get back to you. At the moment it is hot and sweaty a sure indication that it is beer o’clock.




  2. Good luck; you can come an live with me when your brain explodes from mercury poisoning… LOL!



    • @MrsGreen, I think the mercury doesn’t have an effect unless the mercury escapes by breakage, or eventually as rubbish if they are not recycled correctly. I agree with the sentiment, it would be a whole lot better without the mercury in the first place.




  3. My name is Ila, I’m an illustrator and author of the blog

    I saw that one of the images used in my blog without my permission… (this one – I know I should not have done it for evil, unfortunately many people think that everything on the internet “has no owner.” So I’m asking you give the credits of the design used, with my name and clickable link to my blog

    After all, if you think the image is so cool that deserves to be copied, I deserve to win a few visits for the work I had to draw. Fair enough, right? 😉

    Any questions send me an e-mail:

    ps. – Sorry for my english 😛



    • @Ila, thanks for the comment. I have no problem with accrediting an image used, which is why I didn’t cut your watermark off. I will give the extra credit asked, no problem. btw, no problem with your English, take that as truth from an English teacher.




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