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September 26, 2008 -- The Cringely Plan
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Here are two more no-brainers. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels wherever possible. Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues wherever possible. Note I didn't say eliminate paper towels or tissues. I doubt there will be much of an increase in electricity or water to wash those cloth towels and handkerchiefs.

MM | Oct 07, 2008 | 3:44PM

There is a major issue against fluorescent bulbs. It has been proven that the 60-cycle pulsing they produce gives some people headaches, even migraines. Something needs to be done to address the headache issue.

Christopher Biessener | Oct 09, 2008 | 4:27PM

I have a better idea: tax incandescent lights. A sufficiently high tax (such that compact fluorescent lights are less expensive to purchase) will lead to nearly the same energy savings, while still allowing incandescent lights for those uses where they are superior/preferred. Also, this avoids the dubious legality of outright prohibition of Edison's invention.

Rand LeQuire | Oct 09, 2008 | 9:09PM

Hmm, this story used to have 150+ comments--where'd they all go? Its predecessor column's comments vanished as well.

David Newkirk | Oct 10, 2008 | 5:43PM

Fluorescents don't work well in all applications where incandescents are now in use. And while the mercury content per bulb is minuscule, what's the mercury footprint when we start tossing BILLIONS of deceased fluorescents, in the U.S. alone? I'm hoping we just leapfrog past fluorescents to LEDs. Waiting for the other LED foot to drop - what are their downsides?

Steve | Oct 12, 2008 | 11:01AM

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