Thursday, February 22, 2007

Australia's green idea

The Australian government has announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs across the country.

Australia is enacting legislation that calls for the standard household bulb, the incandescent, (which wastes 95% of the energy it uses), to be phased out within three years.

In what will be touted as a world first, this effort to phase out the standard incandescent light bulb demonstrates Australia’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Federal Government figures suggest energy used for household lighting in Australia contributes up to 12 per cent of coal-energy greenhouse gas emissions and around 25 per cent of emissions from commercial and public lighting.

It is felt the change to fluorescent lighting could cut greenhouse gas emissions by the order of 800,000 tonnes a year by 2012.

Environmentally, Australia has taken a step in the right direction. Get rid of the light bulb. What next for the sake of the environment!

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