the $3.1 billion budget approved by the California Public Utilities
Commission will help pave the way to savings of 7,000 gigawatt hours,
150 million metric therms of natural gas, and 1,500 megawatts of
City, county, and regional agencies will receive
up to $265 million when they create energy-efficiency efforts.
Home owners will be able to monitor energy-usage statistics when they
log onto the internet, the plan states.
full energy efficiency potential in the state requires more than
simply providing rebates to support the installation of the latest
and greatest widget," according to Michael Peevey, the state's
According to the state commission,
energy savings would be the same as three 500 megawatt power
plants. Furthermore, the new state-led programs would create
between 15,000 and 18,000 new jobs, while also eliminating almost 3
million tons of greenhouse gas emissions across the state.
focus is to shift
priorities away from rebates for widgets to sustained energy
savings in the built environment," California Public Utilities
Commission member Dian Grueneich told the media. "These
numbers are breathtaking in their own right."
Due to the
faltering economy, energy conservation and efficiency have been
popular among consumers and companies interested in reducing costs.
quote: The amount of mercury in a CFLs glass tubing is minute; each Project Porchlight CFL bulb contains 2.5 mg of mercury, about the size of a period at the end of a sentence. By comparison, watch batteries and four-foot fluorescent tubes contain about 25 mg, older home thermostats contain 500 mg, and older dental fillings contain 100 to 500 mg of mercury.
quote: You should know that we already live safely with mercury - our hospitals, worksites, schools and daycares are filled with the long fluorescent tubes, which also contain mercury.
quote: The Canada Labour Code specifies: The Ceiling Exposure Value (CEV), the maximum airborne concentration for mercury, to which a worker can be exposed to at any time is 0.15 mg/m3 To put this value into perspective, a CFL containing 2.5 mg of mercury would have to break in a room smaller than 2.4 m x 2.4 m x 3 m (7.2 x 7.2 x 9 ) to pose a health risk according to the Ceiling Exposure Value specified by the Code. If a bulb were to break in a space such as this, leaving the room and ventilating the area would reduce the mercury concentration to a safe level in about 15 minutes.
quote: Seriously everyone complains about the mercury in CFLs but they are seriously misinformed, or just don't care to know the facts, or just like the fear-mongering.