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California says goodbye to 100-watt bulb

BY HBSDEALER Staff

California is phasing out its incandescent light bulbs, and the first one to go will be the 100-watt variety, according to an article in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

The California Energy Commission said the old-fashioned bulbs wasted about 90 percent of their electricity emitting heat instead of visible light. The agency estimates California consumers will save $35.6 million in unnecessary energy costs in one year.

Consumers can continue to use existing 100-watt bulbs, and retailers can sell their existing inventory. But these older bulbs will have to be replaced with 72-watt incandescent halogen bulbs, 23-watt compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), or Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs), which lose far less electricity than traditional incandescents.

Over the next two years, California will also phase out 75, 60 and 40 watt incandescent bulbs.

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Fresno OSH suffers fire damage

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An Orchard Supply Hardware store in Fresno, Calif. suffered fired damage Wednesday morning causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage, according to ABC 30 news.

The fire was apparently caused by a cash register, according to the article, resulting in between $50,000 and $75,000 worth of damage.

 

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Arson suspected in hardware store fire

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According to an article on News4Jax.com, a fire at Jacksonville hardware store destroyed about $500,000 worth of inventory.

Investigators believe the fire at Bold City Hardware store on Normandy Boulevard was set intentionally, and the continue the investigation.  The owner said he was lucky the damage was limited to the warehouse.

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