Friday Feb 09, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth, Astounding

I just finished watching Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth". I have to tell you, this is an astounding movie. I don't usually like documentaries and stuff, but you have to watch this. I will admit, I've believed global warming was happening for a long time and I've tried to do my part to conserve, but this movie will scare the bejeebers out of you while at the same time inspiring you to do something.

I wrote a bit about how Sun lets me Work from Home and how eco friendly that is. Here's another thing I've been doing. My house eats light bulbs, I swear it. I'm experimenting with n:vision light bulbs that I bought from The Home Depot down the street, they are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs). The bulbs use a bit less than a quarter of the energy of a similar bulb (9 watts for the same amount of light as a 40 watt). So far, I've replaced 14 light bulbs (from over 560 watts to less than 140, I also replaced some over-watted bulbs). There are 3 types of brightnesses. For inside the house, make sure you get the soft white. For my garage I put the "Day" lights, they are very fluorescent (how about that spelling).

The Department of Energy says that if every household put in one CFL, it would be similar to taking 886 cars off the roads in terms of greenhouse gas emissions saved in a year.

Of course, they save money too :-)

You have to wonder what data centers can do to save. Its obvious Sun Microsystems takes energy seriously. Have you considered using our Sun Grid Compute Utility some of your jobs rather than installing new servers? Sharing resources rather than buying new ones is one of the best ways to save energy, and money. Not only does Sun take care of "data center" upkeep for you, relieving the financial burden of system's administration, you also don't have to plug servers in. We all know you don't shut them down once they are plugged in.

Just a thought.

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