Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Wal-Mart & compact fluorescent bulbs

Wal-Mart is pushing compact fluorescent bulbs. Why? Because it's good for the environment, big time. Oh, and if that helps its image, who am I to complain?

If it succeeds in selling 100 million compact fluorescent bulbs a year by 2008, total sales of the bulbs in the United States would increase by 50 percent, saving Americans $3 billion in electricity costs and avoiding the need to build additional power plants for the equivalent of 450,000 new homes.

Wow. More power to ya.

The bulbs are also available practically everywhere else, including Home Depot and Amazon. Not at my grocery store, though.


ealtson said...

Actually, you could look at it another way... WalMart's decision NOT to sell the bulbs when it would have meant something has COST the United States $3 billion a year in electrical costs. Doing it now is just caving in to a marketing trend.

But yea, that's great. What took them so darn long? We've been able to buy them at CostCo for years.

Bruce Geerdes said...

"Marketing trend" meaning being eco-friendly? Yeah, that's fine with me. Better to do something worthwhile with craven motives than not at all. I think. :)

WalMart's been selling the bulbs for a while, they just haven't been pushing them. Now they're trying to get their customers to buy them via better placement and informational kiosks. It's not the easiest sell as the bulbs *do* cost more, though they save you money in the long run.