Australia announced that incandescent light bulbs will not meet their new energy efficiency standards and will be phased out in three years. Only florescent light bulbs will be for sale at that time.
Federal Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning announced standard incandescent light bulbs would be phased out within three years in a bid to reduce energy consumption.
“We are introducing new energy efficiency standards and these old lights simply won’t comply, they will be phased out and basically over a period of time they will no longer be for sale,” Mr Turnbull said.
The question, why can’t the United States do something similar?
Florescent light bulbs use about 23% of the energy that a standard incandescent light bulb will use and they last about seven years. Australia estimated the effect of the switch.
Federal Government figures suggest energy used for household lighting in Australia contributes up to 12 percent of coal-energy greenhouse gas emissions and around 25 per cent of emissions from commercial and public lighting.
It is felt the change to fluorescent lighting could cut greenhouse gas emissions by the order of 800,000 tonnes a year by 2012.
The pricing here is very different, instead of a dollar or two for a four pack, florescent lights are about eight dollars each. While there are current cost savings on energy and the actual life of the light bulb, I would imagine that costs will decrease with the increased volume if we were to do something similar here in the United States.