Just one. I managed to do it last week during the Damien Jurado in-studio. The girlsâ€™ bathroom (which often has guys walking out of it, but I wonâ€™t mention any names Don Slack) was the home of three old fashioned regular light bulbs that were always burning out. Weâ€™d often walk into a dim bathroom with one remaining bulb burning, and I donâ€™t think of any of us (except perhaps Sara and Jack who seem to know where everything is) know where the light bulbs are kept.
So I decided to bring in some CFLs, like the ones we talk about on one of our fantastic PSAs on global warming. CFLs, which is short for Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs, are these spiraly light bulbs that use far less electricity than regular light bulbs and have a longer lifespan. We recently changed every single bulb at my house, and these were leftover. I think they came from Costco. Think what you want of Wal-Mart, but they are on the green energy bandwagon and have huge displays of CFLs at a really great price at all of their stores. It didnâ€™t take long to swap them out, but I did need to use a paper towel to unscrew the archaic bulbs because they were so darn hot.
They are a bit more expensive, but CFLs save enough money in electricity costs to make up for their higher initial price within about 500 hours of use. In fact, if every household in America switched five regular light bulbs for five fluorescent bulbs, it would be the equivalent of taking 1 million cars off the highways for a full year. Thatâ€™s pretty significant.