How Many Australian Politicians Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

from the no-joke dept

A few weeks back, we noted that a California state politician was thinking about banning incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. Of course, we didn't understand why it needed legal backing. Fluorescent bulbs offer plenty of advantages in terms of using a lot less energy and lasting a lot longer. Some people still don't like the light they give off, but they're getting better all the time. Given some education on the issue, it seems only natural that people will increasingly move towards fluorescent bulbs on their own, without bothering with pointless legislation. However, apparently that's not good enough for Australia, where the government has announced similar plans to ban the sale of incandescent bulbs in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as cut household power bills. Of course, as a few people in the article point out, switching to fluorescent bulbs shouldn't really have much of an effect on greenhouse gases, so that's not the best reasoning. And, still, no one is explaining why this needs legislation when it's likely to happen all by itself as people become better educated on how they can save money with fluorescent bulbs.
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    shane, 20 Feb 2007 @ 6:11pm

    GE

    i have recently begun switching to fluorescent bulbs because my local hardware store, which is usually over-priced, was selling them with an instant rebate reducing the cost to less than $1. it says it is a nation wide rebate offer from GE , an innovative leader in the reduction of dangerous emissions in the u.s. and worldwide. the bulbs do take a second to come on and a few minutes to warm up but the light they cast is pleasant, not white like most florescent bulbs. i have used both 60 watt and 75 watt equivalent bulbs that actually use 15 and 20 watts respectively. i have only been using them for a few months but my father first switched several years ago and he says the GE brand last much longer than other brands, therefore the small increase in initial expense is easily made up over time and the fact they use less than one third the energy of incandescent bulbs makes them much better for our environment.

    as for small drops make a big ocean, imagine if one million homes switched six bulbs each that normally would require 360 watts total to the fluorescent bulbs totaling 90 watts the total energy saved would be 270,000,000 watts. imagine if all 70,000,000 households did it, the number would be more like 19,000,000,000.

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