Very glad to read Supervisor Stone is planning to write legislation to ban both single-use paper bags and plastic bags in Santa Cruz. Sounds like he's being cautious and aiming for April, 2010 and only in non-incorporated areas of Santa Cruz County. San Jose is apparently doing a Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Full article: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_13674516
Use Social Norms!!
PG&E's "Climate Smart" program, which takes a monthly fee of less than $5 from any of its opt-in 5MM billing customers (15MM actual users) and then uses the funds to buy "offsets" which do presumably do good, has had poor subscription rates.
Many environmentals are opposed to offsets because they do not reduce total CO2 emissions and are a way to "cheat" by buying something from an unregulated second market.
PG&E should adopt a "social norm" strategy, supply usage information & neighborhood averages without charge. This is has worked successfully in Sacramento and elsewhere to reduce energy use.
Full article in SJ Mercury News.
LED Lighting comparison
Table below came from this San Jose Mercury article on Oct 19 , which I added a few summary facts to bottom:
Full article: LED vs. CFL Light
LED bulbs offer potential advantages over older technologies — but at a price
Cost per bulb (approx.)
Power use, standard bulb
Market share, medium-screw bulbs, 2007
- 20% of average household energy use is for lighting (DOE)
-LED light price is decreasing rapidly and will be new products
-DOE has offered an "L" prize to speed up LED development.
-Incandescent light bulbs may soon face bans
-CFL contains mercury and must be recycled the correct way