Last night I was in my front yard freezing my butt off. I decided to go across the street to get a better look at the house, and the gorgeous Christmas light display my family and I had worked on for the past few weeks.
The result was gorgeous. The LED lights were seriously a gorgeous
sight...so gorgeous that it actually, literately makes the eyes bug the
hell out (especially those blue ones!).
I then looked down the road at the houses who joined us in our
lighting festivity. I noticed something extremely similar. A bunch of
homes were lit up, and a bunch of homes made an attempted at going
green, by buying more LED lights, verse the regular old energy sucking
Sadly though, most of the lights in the display were the energy
suckers. I admit it myself...we too have more energy sucking lights than
we do LED. It's not uncommon to see either. 90% of a home done up in
old fashioned lights, and the other 10% was an attempt at saving energy
by buying LED.
The reason isn't because we are cheap environment hating goons...the
reason is money. A strand of 300 regular energy suckers only ran us
$3.00. Where a strand of 300 LED lights.... well, get ready to cough up
anywhere from $11.99 to $24.99.
Now let me do the math...wait... I don't need to do it really. I
already see what's saving me from going into debt this Christmas. The energy suckers keep my wallet fatter!?
But as I save money in my wallet, I'm doing bad for the environment. I can't win. I'm disgusted.
If we were to go 100% LED this year, my light display would of cost me
nearly a grand...easily. The display would be 10 times prettier, and
save a ton of energy...but no one would get a gift for Christmas if I
went all out LED. ARRRRGGGGHHH!
Why though?Why the hell would saving energy cost me more?
I thought the government/world/companies were all about going
green...yet companies slap a price tag so high on all of these going
green products that your average middle/low income folks just cannot
So I got to thinking about LED lights, verse the old energy hog
lights. My idea is simple, my idea is to have companies that make LED
lights give a free set of LED lights to all those who bring in an old
set of energy hogging lights. That's right.... free LED lights for your
old lights. I mean if big companies are dead set on going green like
they all claim, then they should do more then just release new products
that are better for the environment...they should show they actually
CARE by doing something big.
They should then take these old energy hogging lights and recycle them
into something else. Perhaps melt down the glass and plastic and make
dishes or cups.
Well, that's my take on things. I felt like sharing my idea with anyone who cared to listen.