Yesterday's announcement that Australia will completely phase out the inefficient incandescent lightbulbs in favor of TreeHugging compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) made some pretty big waves, with coverage from ABC to the BBC and the Sydney Morning Herald to the Herald Sun. With all that attention, we wanted to take a peek at what else has been making news in the world of the energy-efficient bulbs. Here are some of our picks for CFLs making news.
1) A report by the International Energy Agency concluded that a global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world's electricity bill by nearly one-tenth (wow!), so once you make the change and flip the switch, be sure to use them efficiently.
2) Wal-Mart set a goal of selling 100 million bulbs in a year, and it's looking pretty realistic.
3) CFL skeptics point to the mercury vapor as an argument against using them, but the truth is that incandescents are still responsible for more of the toxic metal.
4) There's more than a punchline behind the questions about how many bloggers and how many Jews it takes to change a lightbulb.
5) Take the survey to see how your bulb alliances compare to the rest of TreeHugger's readers.