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Energy bureau to distribute LED bulbs

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

The Bureau of Energy yesterday initiated an LED light bulbs program aimed at helping low-income households and social welfare organizations replace traditional light bulbs to save a collective NT$130 million (US$4.48 million) a year in electricity fees.

The bureau said the new program, which will begin on Feb. 2, is part of the government’s efforts to promote more efficient energy consumption and would also help improve Taiwanese LED firms’ competitiveness in the global market.

Under the program, the government will distribute 500,000 LED light bulbs, each of which will be less than 10 watts, to 220,000 low-income households and 1,429 social welfare organizations next year, Kao Shu-fang (高淑芬), a senior specialist at the energy bureau, told reporters at a press briefing.

Social welfare organizations that have registered with the Ministry of the Interior will each receive 24 LED bulbs from the government ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins on Feb. 10 next year, while low-income households will receive two LED bulbs each from local township offices between April 1 and April 30.

By using LED light bulbs, low-income households could save about NT$520 in electricity fees a year, while social welfare organizations could see their bills cut by NT$6,200 per year, Kao said, citing bureau estimates.

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