[mythtv-users] [Slightly OT] solar power for all our gadgets
beww at beww.org
Fri Mar 20 16:37:17 UTC 2009
On Friday 20 March 2009 09:54:26 Simon Hobson wrote:
> As I said before, any study that concludes "CFLs save 80%, therefore
> <some conclusion>" is not worth the paper it's written on.
> Don't get me wrong. What I am NOT saying is that CFLs don't save
> energy overall. What I AM saying is that it's not 80% (even leaving
> out all production and shipping costs) in a great many cases.
One big problem, at least in my case, is that so much of the information I
receive comes from the folks trying to sell me CFL lamps. Obviously they have
the most at stake, and perhaps some motivation to not tell me the whole
Some things just should not be profit driven. Expecting the Wall-Street types
to actually consider the future of the panet is unrealistic, and there is
little motivation to provide me with real science and not propoganda.
As an old debater I realize that it would not be hard to put together an
argument that incandescent lamps are the better answer, or that whale oil
lamps are the best for that matter (cleaner burning than coal or oil power
If the primary motive is to make money, and not to help the planet, we will
never get the true picture.
An example is the insulated water-heater "blankets". All they can possibly do
is slow the heat loss, not prevent it. If the tank is located where it will
do the most good, heat-wise, the otherwise wasted heat will help heat the
home (assuming heating is needed). Putting it in a basement or other
unconditioned space guarantees the heat will be wasted, perhaps more slowly,
But the information I get about such blankets comes from people trying to make
a profit from my purchase of such a blanket, whether I really need it or not.
beww at beww.org
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