Friday, November 15, 2013

On halogen light bulbs

My.  Dad.

He's a bit of an energy saving freak.  Like oh my word.  He's been conserving (buzzword: going green) since before it was cool, know what I mean?  His ears perk up when he hears words like fuel and efficient in the same sentence.  He recently drove his 1993 Ford Festiva to Duluth and back going a mere 45mph just to see how good his gas mileage would be.  Yeah, it was like 73mpg.  Move over, Prius.

Tonight when the kids and I were visiting my parents, Dad was changing some light bulbs in their bathroom, getting just ticked about the short life of these bulbs.  They were halogen, which seems up his ally, but he said that once you factored in the energy it took to manufacture the bulbs and the rate at which they had to be replaced, it was no longer a savings.  He was pretty fired up.  When I told him to calm down, he didn't need to be mad at me about it he said, "Yeah, but you're the one who's gonna blog about it."  I was LOLing.  He's a funny guy, that Bob.

The thing about dad's conservation, is that his motivation is being a good steward of the resources Creator God has blessed him with.  It's not about a trend or about an effort to "give back" (whatever that means).  It's about good, old-fashioned don't take more than you need and use every drop of what you've got.

This was last winter- helping dad install storm doors on their house making it more energy efficient.  Classic.