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ACHIEVEMENT: The City of Melbourne has given away 3,000 compact fluorescent lights as a promotion of how easy it can be to make energy savings around your home or office.

TARGET DATE: July 2003 PROGRESS: Achieved.

DESCRIPTION: Compact fluorescent lights are high energy light globes that can be used as substitutes for conventional incandescent lamps, but with approximately 5 times greater efficiency. As an example, an 18 watt compact fluorescent light typically emits as much usable light as a 100 watt incandescent light. As one of the main drawbacks of compact fluorescent lights is their initial purchase price, a government assisted program that provides the lamps to low income residents would allow them to enjoy energy and cost saving benefits they are unlikely to access otherwise.

Compact fluorescent globes were provided in 2001 to some low income people in the City of Melbourne through the Federal Government's Cool Communities program.

Through the Sustainable Melbourne Fund I initiated, I would expect that a program could be developed to provide compact fluorescent globes at low or no upfront cost, and arrange for the savings to be recouped over time.


8 January 04: Smart lighting for aged residents: Melbourne's aged residents who receive services through the Home and Community Care (HACC) program will each be given a free compact fluorescent lamp as part of a joint promotion by Council and the Sustainable Energy Authority to encourage people to use energy smart lighting. The lamps use about 80 per cent less energy than conventional incandescent lights and last six times longer. The light globes emit a warm-coloured light, equivalent to a 75 watt conventional globe and retail for around $10-$16.


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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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