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Energy saving light bulb watch: 4 bulbs for 4p at Tesco

We at Reduce Your CO2.com are always on the lookout for green bargains, and one of our favourites is the energy saving light bulb. It also seems to be a favourite with the big stores, as Tesco is now following in the footsteps of B&Q and The Sun (plus various supermarkets) with an offer of up to 4 low energy bulbs at 1p a piece.

I’m off there asap, and if your house isn’t yet fully equipped, I suggest you do the same! I would have hoped to see more details about this on their ‘Greener living’ web site, but no, so you’ll just have to pop along to your local store to see if it’s taking part and if there are any left. Good luck!

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Is The Sun now lighting your house, or did you rely on B&Q?

Last Saturday, The Sun newspaper ran an ambitious promotion in conjunction with Southern Electricity. The deal was that for every copy of the paper purchased on that day in certain stores, you were given 2 free low energy light bulbs. The goal, according to the paper, was to give away a total of 4.5 million lightbulbs, thus encouraging many more people to switch at least some of their bulbs and so save electricity and reduce CO2 emissions.

I thought this was a great idea, and so did the public apparently. At any rate, when I managed to get to Sainsburys at around midday on Saturday, there were no bulbs left, and the story was the same across the street at Woolworths, where there was a big sign saying ‘No more Sun lightbulbs’. I am yet to see any details on the success of the operation - nothing in the paper today, but I hope they did hit their target. If not, then they owe me 2 lightbulbs!

I didn’t encounter the same problem the week before, when Londoners were able to take one conventional lightbulb to any London B&Q and exchange it for two energy-saving lightbulbs.¬†This time there were still enough when I turned up, but then the promotion lasted for 3 days and was sponsored by Ken Livingstone, so I suppose it couldn’t be allowed to fail.

Anyway, just in case this becomes a regular occurrence, I have decided to set up ‘bulbwatch’. Basically I will keep my eyes open for any opportunities to get free bulbs, and will publish them on this site. If we’re lucky, maybe we won’t have to buy any more bulbs at all!

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Low energy lightbulbs - what’s taking so long?

I was talking with someone this weekend about the things we can all do to reduce our co2 emissions. When we came to the subject of replacing our lightbulbs with low energy ones, her comment was ‘But they’re so ugly. I couldn’t possibly have them in my living room. And in the bathroom it’s such a pain having to wait for it to be bright enough to pee!’.

What amazed me the most about this comment was what she didn’t say. It seems that the cost issue was not a problem, and also that the savings potential was either not of interest or simply not known. I hope it was the second, as I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t welcome a 20 - 40% reduction in their lighting bill!

All of the above is really just a lead-in to the rant of the day: why isn’t everyone going out right now and replacing all of their lightbulbs? If you buy in bulk, the investment is very reasonable, and the savings are immediate (well, one month later). Oh, and you can feel good about yourself for at least 5 minutes, before getting back into your not-so green car to make another not-so necessary 5 minute journey. I think that the message still hasn’t got through - there’s a lack of marketing here.

What strikes me is that whilst it is great news that the people in power are finally starting to make genuine noise about what needs to be done to reduce our co2 emissions, most of this noise is about the big, complicated things that only concern us indirectly: nuclear power (or not?), where we can and cannot put wind farms, what emissions targets to set for our cars in 2012, whether or not to introduce road tolls.  No-one, however is shouting this simple message from the rooftops:

REPLACE ALL YOUR LIGHTBULBS. IT WILL REDUCE YOUR CO2 EMISSIONS AND IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY.

So that’s my goal for this year. To make sure everyone I know understands - and acts.

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