Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PressExposure) October 12, 2009 -- By now everyone should be well informed of the benefits of energy efficient light bulbs. They will save up to $30 over the lifetime of the bulb, pay for themselves in under 6 months, and use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. This means economic savings as well as a smaller environmental footprint. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an energy star qualified bulb, enough energy would be saved to light more than 3 million homes for a year. This equals $600M in energy costs, and greenhouse gasses equal to the emissions of over 800,000 cars. Sounds great, so why the backlash?
Governments and utility companies have made some admirable strides in pushing for the use of energy efficient light bulbs such as CFLs and LEDs. This includes an EU mandate that all incandescent sales must cease by 2012. The United States has introduced similar legislation. While all stakeholders must admire the intent of these laws, some view these laws as too far reaching and as interfering with the free market. The most recent faux paux comes courtesy of FirstEnergy Ohio. The Associated Press reports that the Ohio utility company mailed energy-efficient light bulbs to their customers without notification, and then expected the consumers to foot the bill.
The total charge for two light bulbs was $21.60. Since CFL light bulbs retail for much less than that customers were left wondering why they were being charged the difference. FirstEnergy was charging for future lost energy sales because of the reduced consumption. This is an interesting development that will only grow. It is possible that energy efficient lighting wholesalers, environmentalists, and consumers may find themselves pitted against energy companies over the energy savings that these bulbs provide. While it angered Ohio residents, the situation is clearly a testament to the benefits that CFLs provide.
Clearly the kinks must be worked out in the rebate programs and legislation. Ohioans were given an unexpected bill, while Californians are selling their free bulbs on eBay. However, the adoption of energy efficient light bulbs is a necessity both for the environment and national security. The incandescent bulb is nearing the end of its useful life and governments and organizations across the globe must subtly push for the adoption of energy efficient lamps without coming off as overbearing or too far reaching.
Consumers shouldnât be intimidated by the adoption of new lighting options. There are a lot of choices available offering much more flexibility in home and commercial lighting than with incandescent alone. With all of the new creative innovations itâs important to talk to a lighting expert to review your lighting plan. Superior Lighting is only a phone call away.