Monday, August 25, 2008

The Continuing Saga of the CFL

The ongoing, ever-evolving story of the Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) continues to unfold. As I have written before, they are not the perfect answer because of the small amount of mercury in them. That piece gets taken care of if you dispose of them properly. But they are an important step in the right direction.

On the solid upside, their benefit in terms of saving energy is unquestionable. So my friend and environmental one man Wikipedia, David Shaller, provided this update today on CFLs. It’s newsworthy and will have a significant impact on a go forward basis for consumers.

He writes: Toshiba to Halt all Incandescent Bulb Manufacture by 2010. Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corp. will close down all of its production lines of incandescent light bulbs by the end of 2010. The company has been producing incandescent bulbs the entirety of its 120-year corporate history and in 2006 turned out 40 million units. Toshiba will halt production of 81 types of incandescents in favor of compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. Toshiba pioneered the world’s first ball-shaped CFL in 1980.

Thank you David!

And if you did not catch my show on Saturday, you did not get to hear the announcement that TEP (Tucson Electric Power for you out-of-towners) is partnering with Home Depot and Costco on an instant rebate program which makes CFLs affordable AND Home Depot is a drop of site for proper disposal if you break one! It really is another win/win/win. Good the environment,good way to save money, and easy way to dispose of them should you drop one!

Take one small step and change out those light bulbs. There has never been a better, more affordable opportunity.

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