THE heat has been turned up on the light bulb debate.
Despite the Government scrapping eco-bulb subsidies, local environment chiefs say energy-saving lighting is still worth investing in.
Modern bulbs are not just an eco-choice – helping everyone spend less on electricity – they will soon become a way of life as the more traditional energy-guzzling variety is phased out.
Retailers will have to stop selling standard shaped 40W A-shaped and 60W golfball-shaped and candle-shaped bulbs this month – but for those eco-bulb sceptics, Andrew Loynd, from FLoWE (Fylde Low Waste and Energy), assures us the cost of energy-saving bulbs is worth it in the long-run, with the savings householders can make on energy bills.
Mr Loynd said: “People can save a lot with energy-efficient bulbs. They will get their money back within a year or less than a year. They can make a saving of £5 to £6 per bulb.”
As inefficient, traditional light bulbs are phased out, manufacturers are set to monopolise on the energy saving varieties. But smaller retailers are concerned prices will be too prohibitive for them to be able to sell the new bulbs.
Karen Birkett, owner of Birkett Homecrafts on Dickson Road in central Blackpool, said: “It’s very hard. Supermarkets and large DIY stores can buy in the millions so they get them at a ridiculous price. I think smaller shops need subsidies to bring the price down.
“We can’t get them for love or money at the price we need to sell them.”
Energy-saving bulbs and halogen bulbs will no longer be eligible for subsidies under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Trust (CERT) from April, as the Government looks to invest in wall and loft insulation instead.
However, the Department of Energy and Climate Change says prices of the new-style bulbs continue to fall.
A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change told The Gazette: “The cost of manufacturing and the price of energy saving bulbs has reduced significantly over the past decade. Compared to incandescent lights, energy saving bulbs cost less to run and cut carbon emissions.”