A light bulb mo­ment

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AN­NIKA SMETHURST

HALO­GEN lights will be banned by 2020, po­ten­tially sav­ing fam­i­lies and small busi­ness hun­dreds of dol­lars a year in lower en­ergy bills.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Josh Fry­den­berg con­firmed that states and ter­ri­tory lead­ers had all but agreed to a time­line to phase out in­can­des­cent and halo­gen bulbs.

Aus­tralian lead­ers are ex­pected to fol­low a sim­i­lar time­line to the EU, which will ban the bulbs in Septem­ber 2020, giv­ing con­sumers and in­dus­try time to adapt.

The aver­age house­hold will save around $650 over the next decade while small busi­nesses, such as hair sa­lons, will save an es­ti­mated $3700 over 10 years.

The change will also have an en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit by re­duc­ing en­ergy us­age for the en­tire grid and re­duc­ing emis­sions by up to 5.5 mil­lion tonnes by 2030.

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