The Environment

Most of the light bulbs in your apartment are inefficient, outdated and hazardous to the environment. The federal government has mandated a ban on the sale of all inefficient light bulbs by 2012 in an effort to reduce energy consumption. One government official stated that this ban would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than six million tonnes a year. Australia, being the pioneer of this operation, has set a ban on all incandescent light bulbs by 2010 and by doing so will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 800,000 tonnes within five years.

"The life span of the average incandescent light bulb is approximately 13 times shorter than a compact fluorescent light bulb, while using 4 times the wattage."

Did You Know:

  • That the average incandescent light bulb emits 90‰ heat and only 10‰ light.
  • That the life span of the average incandescent light bulb is approximately 13 times shorter than a compact fluorescent light bulb, while using 4 times the wattage.
  • That the average incandescent light bulbs will eventually lose up to 45‰ of their light output with use; however, you continue to pay for the full wattage of the bulb! For example: If you are using a 100 watt light bulb that is on for 12 hours/day, you will only get about 55 watts of electricity after a few weeks of use, while still paying for 100 watts! That is why when you replace the old light bulb with a new one you see a major difference in the lighting output.
  • The replacing just 1 light bulb in your home with its CFL counterpart prevents about 150 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere each year. That is the equivalent of you not driving your car for 2 weeks!