australia bans incandescent lights
over the next 5 years australia is phasing out the use of incandescent lights according to recently passed legislation according to usa today. by 2012 australia hopes to be incandescent free saving an estimated 4,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from being emitted annually. alternatives, such as compact fluorescent lights (cfl), use only about 20%-25% of the power required to generate the same amount of light. for example a 13 watt cfl can produce as much light as a 60 watt incandescent. the result is less pollution and cheaper energy bills. consumers can save upwards of 50%-80% on their electricity bills just by switching out their light bulbs. to put that in perspective, if every american household (110 million of them) changed only one light bulb to a cfl, the energy saved could power a city of 1.5 million people, or in other terms, it would be like removing 1.3 million cars from our roads. jill over at inhabitat had a very thorough, very informative article on the subject of lighting as part of their green building 101 series (which by the way you should make a point of checking out). nonetheless, bravo australia for taking the initiative. now go change your light bulbs; it’s by far, the easiest way to shrink your carbon footprint (and save you money too!).