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Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Barry J, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

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    Rubbish, you can get more mercury from eating fish & tuna
    The power companies are pumping out Mercury into the environment
    Using less electricity means they are pumping out less Mercury
  2. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    Rubbish or not check out what EPA has to say you are to do should one break. click here
    I think this will make you look at them a little differently if the fact that the only place they are made is in China isn't enough to make you take notice.

    Bottom line is they ain't worth the powder to blow them to h-----
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2009
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    A few months ago I read a book called " A year without Made in China". A family decided to live for a year without purchasing anything made in China. I bought the book with great anticipation that I would learn HOW to do that. The bottom line conclusion of the book was that you CANNOT reasonably do it. One example : she needed new sneakers for the 10 year old boy. After spending WEEKS shopping all over town, all over the internet, she did buy something online, from Sweden, for $70!
    She went all summer without a fan in the hot southern summer, because her fan broke, and there are no fans made in the US, and even a repairman said he could fix it, but the parts are from China.
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  5. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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  6. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

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    Bottom line is they reduce mercury being poured into the environment
  7. 99k

    99k Radon Contractor and Water Treatment

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    Please explain how the utility company is "pouring mercury into the environment". Please attach a link or story too. Thanks.
  8. 99k

    99k Radon Contractor and Water Treatment

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    Please show me the data Dave.
  9. Bill Arden

    Bill Arden Computer Programmer

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    Coal contains a small amount of mercury and since half of our power (at least here in MN) comes from coal, you actually release less mercury over the average bulb lifetime by using a CFL compared to a regular light bulb. This is even true if the CFL is broken instead of being properly disposed of.

    For references see Kwh per coal plant emissions along with CFL energy savings over it's average life expectancy.

    To save even more buy a "cold cathode" CFL and use a motion sensor.

    FYI: There are a lot of other products that contain mercury. old Thermostats, florescent lights, Tilt sensors, ignitrons, ect...
  10. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

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  11. bergyblue34

    bergyblue34 New Member

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    Walmart scares me
  12. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    So you REALLY thought digging up a FOUR YEAR dormant thread was necessary just to post this????
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