Your Easy-Bake Oven will never work again, either.
The lighting load is argued about 5% of the overal system load and redcuing
that by 50-75% doesn't make that much difference. But it's a start.
Where are everybody's solar PV and thermal panels? I have mine.
Here's what I meant to write in my earlier message but forgot to.
, everything you say is true. In practice, I doubt it.
Think about it. Let's say I, and my neighbors, and a good chunk of the
electric customers hereabouts reduce their usage by installing CFLs. So
far as our *lighting*
usage goes, we're using 70-75% less juice (to use
your figure). But that doesn't mean that we're reducing our *total*
usage by that much: me, I've got an electric water heater and an
electric dryer, so what they suck up pretty much swamps any savings I
get from CFLs. But no matter; let's say for the sake of discussion that
I (we) have significantly reduced our electricity usage.
That doesn't *necessarily*
translate to the same amount of reduction in
electric power plant generation. Think about it: it's not as if there
are giant rheostats on coal-fired generators that the electric company
can use to calibrate their generating capacity to meet the load. They
can basically take a generating unit off-line or put it on-line. So even
though we use CFLs like the good citizens we are, that still doesn't
mean that we're reducing the amount of coal being shoveled in the front
end by the same amount (and reducing mercury emissions as well).