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Australia's switch to fluorescents could curbs its yearly greenhouse emissions by 5 million tons

Whereas Raleigh, NC is looking to rid the city of traditional incandescent light bulbs for street lights, pedestrian walkways and traffic lights, Australia is making a move ot completely do away with incandescents. Australia will instead fully transition to compact fluorescent lighting.

According to Australian Environment Minister Malcom Turnbull, all incandescent light bulbs will be phased out by the end of 2009. "You simply won’t be able to buy incandescent light bulbs, because they won’t meet the energy standard," said Turnbull.

"These more efficient lights use around 20 percent of the electricity to produce the same amount of light," Turnbull continued. "While they may be more expensive to buy upfront, they can pay for themselves in lower power bills within a year."

Research has shown that if Australia makes a full switch to florescent lighting, the country will cut its annual production of greenhouse gasses from 565 million tons to 561 million tons. 4 million tons may not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but household power bills could be cut by up to an astonishing 66 percent according to Turnbull.

Similar measures have been brought to the floor in California and New Jersey, but so far nothing has been set in motion with regards to making a switch to fluorescent lighting.

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