Phase-out of energy-wasting lightbulbs welcomed
1st September 2012,
The latest stage this weekend in the phase-out of energy-guzzling incandescent light bulbs has been welcomed by an international environmental group.
From Saturday 1 September 2012, shops will no longer be allowed to order new stocks of energy intensive incandescent light bulbs of 40 watts or lower. It follows earlier moves to phase out higher wattage versions.
Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns, Andrew Pendleton, said:
“Pulling the plug on these energy-guzzling light bulbs is good news for cash-strapped consumers and the environment.
“Swapping out-dated bulbs for longer-lasting, energy efficient alternatives will lead to significant cuts in electricity bills – and because they use only a fifth of the energy, less dirty fossil fuels will be burned.
“Switching to modern low-energy light bulbs is only the very first step to making our homes more energy efficient.
“With rocketing fuel bills the Government must take action to make it as cheap and easy as possible for us all to slash energy waste.”
1. Since 1 September 2009, household lamps produced for the EU market need to fulfill minimum energy requirements. Conventional incandescent and halogen bulbs which cannot meet these requirements have been gradually phased out from the EU market: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/lumen/overview/whatchanges/index_en.htm
2. For tips on saving energy from lighting – Energy Saving Trust: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/In-your-home/Lighting/Saving-energy-from-lighting
3. For more than 40 years we’ve seen that the wellbeing of people and planet go hand in hand – and it’s been the inspiration for our campaigns. Together with thousands of people like you we’ve secured safer food and water, defended wildlife and natural habitats, championed the move to clean energy and acted to keep our climate stable. Be a Friend of the Earth – see things differently. For further information visit www.foe.co.uk blog comments powered by Disqus