I blogged about the possibility of banning incandescent light bulbs back in September in the blog entry 'Time to Ban Incandescent Light Bulbs?'. On that note, Australia announced today that it would ban incandescent light bulbs in a bid to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
With this announcement, incandescent light bulbs would be phased out within three years and replaced by compact fluorescent lighting. Legislation to gradually restrict the sale of the old-style bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by 2012 and cut household power bills by up to 66 percent.
Australia is not the only place in the world resorting to these measures. Last month, a California assemblyman announced he would propose a bill to ban the use of incandescent bulbs in his state. And a New Jersey lawmaker has called for the state to switch to fluorescent lighting in government buildings within three years. Even Cuba's Fidel Castro launched a similar program two years ago, sending youth brigades into homes and switching out regular bulbs for energy-saving ones to help battle electrical blackouts around the island.
This might seem like a small thing to do, but every bit helps. Hopefully Canada will follow suit and phase out incandescent light bulbs as soon as possible.