How much is wasted? These numbers are average: Most houses have the equivalent of 8 100W bulbs burning 12 hours per day. That's 8 X 100 X 12 = 9.6 KWH per day. That's about 300 KWH per month. Around here, That's about $40.00 a mo. just for a convenience.
The new flourescent bulbs would use only about $5.00 but one might say, "So what?. I can afford it !"
Fine, but as a conservative, I suggest that we,as a nation, cannot. I will even go so far to say that using the new curly bulbs is a patriotic act and I have replaced all my bulbs. OMG ! you say. Get out for some fresh air, moon! Well,fresh air or no, I believe my acts to be rational and relevant. We are dancing on the ends of strings being worked by people who hate us. Every dollar we send them for oil is a dollar spent for our destruction. The primitive murderous arabs feed themselves pretty much so their oil revenues are free for them to buy Phillipino slave girls,Mercedes vehicles they throw away like worn-out go carts, and WEAPONS.
Does this give the government the right to cause the end of the manufacture of incandescent bulbs? No, but they have, somehow. What amazes me is the number of people who are upset about that. 100 years ago,a person without smallpox scarring was fairly rare. Now,the disease is moribund and gone in any modern society because of mandated innoculations. Should we bitch about THAT? Should we protest the flouridation of our drinking water?
In my opinion,we have the right,as individuals,to drink any water,use any lightbulb, or evade innoculations of our children, if we want to. And some do. But this society and any society can legitimately task our governments with ending practices that injure us, and wasting electricity does that. Innoculate the kids; flouridate the water, and make imported, old fashioned lightbulbs more expensive than using the new bulbs. On those old bulbs, people can waste all the money and electricity they want to. We should always retain the right to be stupid. I'm proof of that.