Saving the world, one bulb at a time

Today, I am providing some insight  for your consideration should Canada wish to create legislation regarding the implementation of CFL light bulbs and the net positive effect it could have on our environment.  Last year Australia converted the entire nation to energy effiecient bulbs-we can too!

Source: Wikipedia

  • For a given light output, CFL’s use between 1/5 and 1/3 of the power of an equivalent incandescent lamp.
  • A US article stated “A household that invested $90 in changing 30 fixtures to CFL’s would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs, depending on your cost of electricity.
  • Since compact fluorescent uses less power to supply the same amount of light as an incandescent lamp, they decrease energy consumption and the environmental effects of electric power generation. Where electricity is largely produced from burning fossil fuels, the savings reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants; in other areas the reduction may help reduce negative impacts from radioactive waste, hydroelectric plants, or other sources

Source: Energy Star Canada

Replacing even one 60-watt incandescent bulb with a 15-watt CFL in each of Canada’s 12 million households could save up to $73 million a year in energy costs.

It would also reduce GHG emissions by approximately 397 000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking more than 66 000 cars off the road each year!

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