Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today exhorted the residents to make rational use of water and electricity .The use of recycled water for gardening would go a long way in saving drinking water. The water-harvesting scheme would be introduced in 205 schools and an amount of Rs.40 crore has been earmarked. The Delhiites have bought around five lakh CFLbulbs .The use of these bulbs would help save 1200 MW.

Paharpur Business Centre and Software Technology Incubator Park jointly organised a function to celebrate the Earth Day today in the Capital. Issues like

The prevailing confusion over environmental safety of the compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) came into sharp focus in Rajya Sabha on Monday. In reply to a question during the Question Hour, power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that the government has appointed a task force for studying steps for safe management of the disposal of CFLs. Mr Shinde said in his reply that use of CFLs at home or in any other building is not harmful.

Just three days after Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal launched the Rs 80-crore energy saving scheme, designed to provide free compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to all domestic consumers, Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board has called the country's top CFL manufacturers to work out modalities for the scheme's implementation.

India is fast waking up to use of energy-efficient lighting. Ever mounting power consumption with demand outstripping supply every year has further made it essential.

In what comes as good news for those rallying for energy conservation, the government has announced a tax cut on compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and BIS certified or BEE star rated electronic chokes.

Across the world, consumers are being urged to stop buying dated incandescent light bulbs and switch to new spiral fluorescent bulbs, which use about 25 percent of the energy and last 10 times longer. In Britain, there is a Ban the Bulb movement. China is encouraging the change. And the U.S. Congress has set new energy efficiency standards that will make Edison's magical invention obsolete by the year 2014. Now, the question is how to dispose of these compact fluorescent bulbs once they break or quit working. Unlike traditional light bulbs, each of these spiral bulbs has a tiny bit of a dangerous toxin - around 5 milligrams of mercury. And although one dot of mercury might not seem so bad, almost 300 million compact fluorescents were sold in the United States last year. That is already a lot of mercury to throw in the trash, and the amounts will grow ever larger in coming years. Businesses and government recyclers need to start working on more efficient ways to deal with that added mercury. Ellen Silbergeld, a professor of environmental health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is raising the cry about the moment when millions of these light bulbs start landing in landfills or incinerators all at once. The pig in the waste pipeline, she calls it. Even when warned, public officials are never great at planning. The Environmental Protection Agency focuses mostly on the disposal of one bulb at a time. If you break a fluorescent bulb, there is no need to call in the hazmat team, the agency says. Just clean it up quickly with paper (no vacuuming or brooms), and open the window for a 15-minute douse of fresh air. Tuck the debris into a plastic sack and, if there is no special recycling nearby, discard it in the regular trash. Interestingly, one of the main reasons to use these bulbs is that when they cut down on energy use, they also cut down on mercury emissions from power plants. And even with their mercury innards, these bulbs are still better for the environment than the old ones

If households in Delhi replace four ordinary bulbs with four compact fluorescent lamps (cfls), their annual savings would be around Rs 273 crore. Startling figure. The highly energy inefficient

CFL consists of a long glass tube fitted with electrodes. The tube is filled with mercury vapour and gas (argon or xenon). The glass tube's interior is coated with phosphor. When electricity is supplied, electrons are released from the electrodes, which excite the mercury atoms causing them to emit ultraviolet (UV) light.


1. CHANGE YOUR BULBS Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (cfl)