Archive for November 21st, 2008
About midday today, two bright youngsters knocked at my door. They were Carlos and Adriana, who worked for the Panama government. Their job was to replace all my incandescent bulbs with electronic energy saving lamps.
Very diligently, Carlos replaced all the incandescent lamps that I had in my house—eight. He took the old lamps with him for later destruction.
This is the Bulb Operation Plan in action which is currently taking place in Panama City. About 200 government employees are visiting homes in the Panama Metropolitan Area in an effort to replace approximately 3 million incandescent bulbs with energy efficient lamps. The next phase is to visit the rest of the country and replace about the same amount of bulbs. The total project is to replace 6 million bulbs with a cost of $13 million.
The energy efficient bulb is made in China by Ningbo Yamao Lighting Electric Apliance Co., Ltd. Yamao is located in Ningbo, China.
According to the box of the bulb, the 18 watts lamp is equivalent to a 100 watt incandescent bulb, this means that it reduces the energy consumption by 80 percent. The average lifetime of the lamp is 6,000 hours against 1,000 hours of the incandescent bulb. However, while writing this entry, one of the new lamps burnt out with less than three hours of use. Not a very good sign of the quality of the lamps.
I’m very impressed with this energy reduction plan. I understand a similar project was carried out in Spain with excellent results. I’m looking forward to receive my next electric bill to see how much it went down. Thumbs up for the government official who was responsible for carrying out this excellent plan. Good Day.
A man and his wife are sitting in the living room and he says to her: “Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, paralyzed and dependent on some machine. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”
His wife gets up immediately and unplugs the TV set.
Sounds familiar? Good Day.