Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Many people are getting all riled up about the ban of the standard incandescent light bulb. People, calm down. Your civil rights are not being trampled upon. This is no different than Congress passing laws over the last four decades that cars must improve their gas mileage. Now they're saying our light sources need to be more efficient. It is long overdue. No one is going to come into your house and take your incandescent bulbs or stop you from using them. The reality is that they are just too inefficient and continued use causes us to build more electricity generating plans that we need for other things. Why should we waste 60% of our lighting energy on inefficient bulbs. Imagine the amount of energy this represents. Well the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has; it means $12 billion per year by 2020. NRDC also estimates the standards would eliminate the need to build 33 coal-fired power plants by 2020, when the standards are fully in effect. Now I don't know if this is bullshit math or not, but I know that the inefficiency of incandescent bulbs is real and the savings is too.
Posted by John at Tuesday, July 12, 2011