Monday, May 10, 2010

Compared to incandescent filament light bulbs,  Compact Fluorescent Lights
(CFLs) last longer, don’t get as hot, and use about 25% of the energy.  However, they do contain small amounts of the dangerous element mercury, as do their long-tube cousins. A single CFL has very little mercury, but thousands in a landfill can be a problem over time. Your local Home Depot will accept used CFLs for recycling.

You should be very careful when handling Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), because they do contain small amounts of mercury. If you should break one, however, don’t panic.  The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recommends that you carefully sweep the pieces into a glass jar and seal the jar up tight.  The USEPA says that using two sealable plastic bags is workable if no glass jar is available, but the jar is preferable. You can then recycle the pieces along with other hazardous waste. Remember, your local Home Depot will accept unbroken CFLs for recycling.

If you are thinking about making renovations to your home to make it more energy-efficient, now is the time! Both Austin Energy and the federal governemnt are offering rebates and tax incentives for improvements such as new air conditioners and solar panels.  You can find more information at

We can teach our children to understand God’s relationship with creation, God’s relationship with his people, and their own relationship toward the creation.  In addition to teaching these important truths found in the creation story, we must also teach them how to respond. But this will require students and teachers to more out of the ordinary church classroom setting.
- Andrea Harrell Moore
Teaching Children the Story of Creation


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