I’ve been considering more sensible uses for the money that’s going to be wasted “deciding” that we should build new nuclear power stations. One of my ideas was to send a low energy bulb to every household, saying it should replace the most used filament bulb in the house. In a BBC interview/opinion piece, Dr Matt Prescott argues that the filament bulb should be banned completely.
It has been estimated that if every household in the US replaced just three of its incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving designs and used them for five hours per day, it would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 23 million tonnes, reduce electricity demand by the equivalent of 11 coal-fired power stations and save $1.8bn.
Given that investing $450m could save $1.8bn, it is hard to understand why anyone would still choose incandescent bulbs.
In 2002, the UK government spent £410m on bailing out its near-bankrupt nuclear sector.
That would be more than enough to supply every household in Britain with three energy-saving light bulbs.
via Unplugged Living