What Can You Do In 18 Seconds?

Had I more time I would have been gearing up for Green for March right now. No time this year, but I think it will be likely next year since I’ll have 2 Pink for October’s under my belt and have a better idea how to streamline things.

But this post isn’t about Pink things. It’s about “the purest green!” Or, more specifically, it’s about energy efficient light bulbs and related info at 18seconds.org.

Make sure to read the whole post as there is a challenge and a request below…

Yahoo!, in collaboration with AC Nielsen and a group of companies, government entities, etcetera, has launched a campaign to raise awareness about energy efficient light bulbs. 18Seconds.org is the location of the attractively-designed campaign, complete with a Yahoo! Maps mashup that lets you see how your city and state rank up in terms of CFL purchases.

via Paul Stamatiou.com

18seconds.org view of Boston

That’s Boston with the bulk of Massacusetts’ bulb count at just under 100,000 energy efficient bulbs purchased since the start of the year. 100,000 is a lot. But then you look at Texas: 1.7 million. In Texas. I’ll go out on a limb here with a “can I get a WTF?”

I don’t know where they get the data from, but it looks like the peeps in MA have some catch up to do.

My Challenge To You

If it takes 18 seconds to change a light bulb, I challenge you to spend 45 seconds changing two. I padded the time because you may have to cross the room to get to the second one. :)

To help with this challenge, I will buy you the two light bulbs you need to make the switch. Yes, that’s right. You don’t have to live in Massachusetts to qualify for this, but it’d be nice if you were so we can up our numbers. :)

Since I am not made of money I do have a few caveats:

  1. I will only shell out up to 50$USD total (not per person).
  2. You have to be the one to get off your ass, go to the store, and buy the stuff.
  3. To spread the love, I will only reimburse each person for two bulbs.
  4. Other caveats may apply, like if my car breaks down I will use the money for that and you have to pay for the bulbs yourself.

Upload a pic of your receipt to Flickr or your blog and leave the URL to you Proof of Purchase in the comments below. I’ll follow up with you and figure out how to send you the money.

Do You Have 50$ To Spare?

If you’d like to help out with this mini-inititive, please let me know in the comments below. I will make a list of links to sites who are willing to chip in 50$ to get people to buy energy efficient bulbs. If 100 sites sign up, I will up my shelling out amount to 200$.

Consider this post to be Green for March 2007.

What Should You Do With Your Old Bulbs?

18seconds.org says…

Recycling burned-out CFLs is the best option. To find out if there are recycling options near
you, call 1-800-CLEAN-UP for an automated hotline or visit earth911.org. (At the top of the
earth911.org home page, enter your zip code and press “go.” Click on the “Household
Hazardous Waste” link, then the “fluorescent bulbs” link. This page will identify the mercury
recycling or disposal facilities nearest you.)