Monday, December 03, 2007

Switch to LED Xmas Lights And Save 400,000 Tons Of CO2

From today's EEI newsletter:

DOE Says Conventional Christmas Lights Add to GHG Emissions

DOE has estimated that using conventional Christmas lights produces significant amounts of CO2, the Columbus Dispatch reported. "The fact of the matter is, you're generating a fair amount of pollution to run your incandescent lights," said an energy specialist with the EnergyIdeas Clearinghouse at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. The Electric Power Research Institute estimated that consumers could eliminate 400,000 tons of CO2 and reduce energy bills $250 million by switching to LED Christmas lights.
Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch , Dec. 1.

1 comment:

xan said...

Let's see if Walmart continues to follow through on its promise to help the poor (i.e. their customers) go green. My WalMart Is Teh Satan credentials are in good order thank you but we are obliged to Commend Good Behavior when they engage in it, as they did and are doing with keeping twisty lighbulbs prominently displayed and relatively cheaply priced.

If they will do the same with these LED xmas bulbs that will go a long way to normalizing low-emission products as something for everybody, not just the elite.

meanwhile it's getting damn near impossible to buy a real (live, or formerly so) solstice tree around here. Finally broke down and got an artificial a couple of years ago but must go out in the woods and forage for a branch off an evergreen to get the proper scent.