Gormley Shares Bright Idea On Bulbs

The minister for the environment has announced plans to completely phase out the old style light bulbs within a few years.

The new proposal from John Gormley will ban half of the range of traditional bulbs from shops by March of next year, and will be the first step in making Ireland the first country to be lit exclusively by energy saving light.

The policy is being introduced in order to reduce the greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change, but also as a way consumers can make significant savings on their energy costs.

It is thought the switch will save consumers €185million in electricity costs every year as a result of the measure.

Mr Gormley added that getting rid of the bulbs will save 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

"These bulbs use technology invented during the age of the steam engine," he said.

According to Sustainable Energy Ireland, energy efficient light bulbs use 20% of the energy compared to traditional bulbs and last up to 10 times longer - making real savings for consumers, while lowering Ireland's carbon emissions.

The 14-page consultation paper details what bulbs will be discontinued up to the year 2012, while the Minister has stated the Irish light bulb industry, which had been hostile to his plans, is also now onboard following lengthy negotiations.


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