Ontario May Ban Incandescent Light Bulbs

Ontario is proposing a ban of incandescent light bulbs by 2012. The older bulbs use 75% more energy than newer fluorescent ones.

The removal of the bulbs could have a huge effect on the energy consumption for the province.

“It’s the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road,” said Environment Minister Laurel Broten.

The bold move makes Ontario the first in Canada to commit to the energy saving plan. While it will be illegal for store owners to sell the older model homeowners will not be penalized for using them in their homes.

The Australians plan on having the incandescent bulbs by 2010 prompting some in the government to ask why Ontario couldn’t also use that year as a target.

Stuart Hickox of Project Porchlight stated,

“There is a profound sense of urgency about climate change that can only be sustained by giving everyone something to do,” he said. “The simple act of changing a light bulb takes people from awareness to action; people become part of the solution.”

Personally we already use the CFL bulbs. It just makes sense, they are lower in energy costs and last longer than the older ones. Although the initial cost is a bit more, a bulb that lasts for years as opposed to one that makes it months if you’re lucky is just a no brainer.


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