How Consumers Can Save Money Right Now
Brisbane, Aust. – EcoWise LED can help reduce electricity costs by several hundred dollars per year for the average Australian household or business.
With last month’s announcement that Queensland power costs are set to increase by 21.4% over the next 2 years, it’s more important than ever for consumers to reconsider their lighting options. Quality LED lights are up to 84% more energy efficient than traditional bulbs and, with average household use, can last over 22 years before needing to be replaced.
(As published on NPR.org on February 15, 2007)
The Environmental Protection Agency and some large business, including Wal-Mart, are aggressively promoting the sale of compact fluorescent light bulbs as a way to save energy and fight global warming. They want Americans to buy many millions of them over the coming years.
But the bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, a neurotoxin, and the companies and federal government haven’t come up with effective ways to get Americans to recycle them.
“The problem with the bulbs is that they’ll break before they get to the landfill. They’ll break in containers, or they’ll break in a dumpster or they’ll break in the trucks. Workers may be exposed to very high levels of mercury when that happens,” says John Skinner, executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America, the trade group for the people who handle trash and recycling.