I'm curious about this statement, that compact fluorescents won't save any real energy. I know I've heard arguments about cost of production, etc, but it seems pretty clear compact flur. are more energy efficient than incadescents.
A 100 watt bulb uses 100 watts of electricity regardless of the type. Of that 100 watts some is converted light and some to heat. The part converted to heat is lost as is some of the light because it is outside the useful range of the human eye. But the light spectrum is fairly uniform over the visible range (actually it follows the blackbody curve for the nerds)
CFLs emit light in only 3 or 4 bands which theoretically mix to mimic the blackbody curve we humans need. Unfortunately most people need a brighter CFL to perceive the same brightness. You might subjectively perceive a 100 watt CFL to be of the same brightness as a 75 watt incandescent. Unfortunately this varies with person and is fairly difficult to measure.
CFLs also lose brightness fairly quickly over time. A CFL halfway through its life probably is significantly dimmer than it started to the point that many people would replace it or turn on another lamp to supplement.
When you combine all this you find that CFLs are not nearly as efficient as claimed when used realistically, by actual humans. When you factor in the mercury contamination and other serious risks they just aren't that great.
Personally, we started switching to CFLs a few years ago. I thought they were great at first. But our experience has not been as advertised. They don't seem to last very long, cost substantially more, and when I calculated our electricity savings based on how long we actually have lights on, it was almost negligible.
If you really want to save energy, replace your electric heater and stove with natural gas, turn down the thermostat, and stop using a hairdryer. Those things matter far more than light bulbs!
And who here with a low flow toilet doesn't often have to flush it 2 or 3 times? Do you also water your lawn? Because I bet you throw away several times more water in your yard every week than you flush down the toilet.
I'm all for being energy efficient and conserving water. But many of these things that are done just don't hold up to scrutiny.