September 1st marked the end of production for the 60 Watt light bulb. The European Union has called time on its production and is forcing consumers to adopt energy saving light bulbs in an effort to reduce energy consumption.
The banning of these light bulbs mirrors the recent introduction of minimum efficiency standards for motors in the European market. The EU MEPS (European Minimum Energy Performance Standards), scheme which I have previously talked about in this blog, is expected to save Europe about 135 TWh by 2020.
I guess, over the next few years, we can expect to see the trend for legislators getting rid of less efficient products, echo across all types of industries. This can only be a good thing as both consumers and industry are far too wasteful and slow to adopt new energy efficient technology. New legislation will force people into action and effectively create minimum standards across every aspect of our energy consumption, helping to save huge amounts of energy whilst reducing costs.
In terms of light bulbs and their demise, the vast majority of consumers will save a few pounds per year on each one they change, but for many businesses, changing light bulbs will make little difference to their overall energy costs. Organisations determined to find savings before they are forced into them, need to explore the wealth of energy efficient technology available on the market and take advantage of the huge energy savings on offer .
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