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How far should someone be willing to go in order to protect the environment? In order to save a little money on a utility bill? Fluorescent light bulbs pull a considerable amount less on electricity; however, they contain mercury. Even a very small amount of mercury can be dangerous, especially for a person not educated about how to handle the material. Having light bulbs containing the substance in a home is a large trade off. It poses the possibility of a health issue against a financial and environmental issue. But, it may not be necessary unless someone is completely dedicated to every small thing to protect the environment. For those who are in the process of switching away from high energy sources, there are a number of other ways to do so and to save money without the risk of mercury contamination.

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One Comment

  1. It’s a funny thing, since in the past mercury was considered a cure.
    Edgar Allen Poe had a mercury poisoning if I’m not mistaken (among his various illnesses), plus there’s the infamous mad hatters’ disease, that hatters would contract from working with mercury.
    Some unfortunate people in the chemical business still get it nowadays, due to leaks ans such.


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