In the past month, DailyTech
has reported on two government initiatives to cut down on power requirements
and greenhouse emissions. In Raleigh, NC, the local government is committed to
making the switch
from incandescent to LED lighting for public lighting (street lights,
pedestrian walkways, parking deck lighting, etc). The move would save the city
roughly $80,000 USD a year in utility bills.
Likewise, Australia's Environment Minister announced that
his country would be phasing
out all incandescent light bulbs and replacing them with fluorescents. The
move is said to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons while cutting
household power bills by 66%.
Now it appears that the European Union (EU) is jumping on
the energy-efficient lighting bandwagon. EU leaders at a summit on Friday
mandated that energy-efficient lighting be in
place in office buildings and streets in 2008 and homes by 2009.
"We're not saying people should throw out all the bulbs
in their house today but people should start looking at what's in the
shops," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The EU has set a target to reduce energy consumption by 20%
before 2020. The EU has also challenged the United States, China and India to
make similar measures and is committed to upping its target to 30% if the
The EU has also made a commitment to receive 20% of its
power from renewable energy sources by 2020. This would be a substantial
improvement from the current level of 6.5%.
quote: Why is it always the consumers fault?
quote: The move is said to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons while cutting household power bills by 66%.
quote: The newer lamps don't cut my electric bill because they actually help heating the house.
quote: Thirdly don't even try to use them outside, they die as soon as winter comes (at least in our climate)...