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70% of energy-saving lights made in China exported
Latest Updated by 2006-09-01 11:21:33
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China is largest energy-saving lights producer in the world. Last year, a total of 1.76 billion energy-saving lights were produced in China, accounting for 90% of the world's total. However, 70% of these lights were exported.

Xiao Zhang works in a public institution in Beijing. Recently, he bought 30 new candescent lights for his new house, all being 40 watts.

"An ordinary candescent light costs only 1-2 yuan, while the cheapest energy-saving light costs as much as 6-7 yuan. Branded energy-saving light is even more expensive. So I can save a lot of money with candescent light," he said.

And he is not the only one to follow this consumption mode. In China, many consumers buy things at cheap prices, almost without caring how much energy they will consume later on. The power of a candescent light, for example, is much higher than an energy-saving light. If all candescent lights in China were replaced with energy-saving lights, 60 billion kilowatt hours of electricity could be saved every year.

In daily life, many people keep a bad habit when using electricity. When switching off the computer, most people just turn off the program, leaving the computer in a standby mode. When turning off the television set, they just press the power button on the remote controller.

Experts say that as long as the power source of an electric appliance is on, it will consume energy.

In Chinese cities, it is estimated that electric appliances left in a standby mode will consume the same amount of energy to that consumed by a 15-watt bulb left on in a house all the year round, and the power rates brought by this energy waste will cost a family 60 yuan a year.

In government institutions, public institutions, and large enterprises, there is still no regulation clearly stating that people should turn off the office equipment when they don't use them, and large amounts of energy waste will occur as a result of this. If all office equipment could be switched off in time, about 1.27 billion KWH of electricity could be saved every year.
Editor: Yan

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