Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bright Ideas

The spike in awareness about global warming that's come in the wake of things like Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth has been particularly noticeable in Australia. Unsurprising, as we are roasting under a massive hole in the ozone layer and suffering such bad water shortages in some areas that drinking treated sewage water is now a serious option.

Still took an Oscar-winning movie to get us all off our arses, though.

One of the inititatives that's being kicked around is the phasing out and eventual banning of regular light bulbs, to be replaced with the energy-efficient flourescent variety. So, getting ahead of the action a little, I've been slowly replacing the bulbs in our house with the new variety - slowly because they're five times as expensive as regular bulbs. Our first electricity bill since my replacement programme started has just come in and the results are impressive.

Now as far as I'm aware, we're not running any electrical equipment any less than usual - if anything the colder, wetter weather has meant that heaters and tumble-driers are being used more. Which makes it all the more amazing that our bill has dropped from $181 to $57.

So there you are - saving the environment and saving money. Can't be bad, can it?

Better be off now. The kids want to watch TV and my wife's flagging on the treadmill.


Blogger reality chick said...

okaaaaay - $181 to $57. I am officially impressed. My latest electricity bill was ... wait for it... $497.
We use the new lights AND that was over summer.
Not happy Jan.

7:14 AM  

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