New Delhi: When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb 125 years ago, he couldn’t have thought it would lead to global warming.
In 2007, the technology of the bulb stands obsolete. Greenpeace India started its ‘Ban the bulb’ campaign.
New Delhi falls short of 200 megawatts of power every summer.
And to compensate for this loss, it resorts to power cuts. So if any one can be blamed for this, it is the light bulb.
Today's incandescent bulbs are energy gluttons. Less than 10 per cent of their power is used for light and the rest generates heat.
The energy inefficient bulbs shoot up electricity bills, which pave way for more energy wastage, more coal burnt, greater carbon dioxide emissions and more global warming.
Meanwhile, the compressed fluorescent lamps (CFL) bulb use about a quarter of the energy that an incandescent bulb does. A seven-watt CFL is comparable to a 40-watt bulb.
“By only banning the bulb, India could save up to 12 thousand Megawatts of electricity, which is equivalent to 4 per cent of India's CO2 emissions,” says a Greenpeace member, K Srinivas.
A CFL bulb contains mercury so it s not advisable to throw it in the trashcan, but hand it over to your kabaadi wala or simply put, “ban the bulb.”
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