Should we ban Incandescent Bulbs?
I was all for the incandescent bulb ban until my uncle pointed out something significant. Without a plan to lower the cost of fluorescent bulbs the poor end up bearing a more of the cost of conversion from an economics perspective. The conversion takes up more of their limited disposable income immediately, even if it will save them money in the long run. If a 4 pack of incandescent costs a buck at a dollar store and one energy saving fluorescent costs $10.00, on a weekly income of $200 are you going to spend 5% of your weeks income on bulbs? That said, there usually a lot more than 4 light bulbs in the standard dwelling. Theoretically this would initially leave the poor in the dark albeit temporarily.
My advice is if you do not want to regulate industries price on bulbs, to offer the poor a grant for converting. If they submit a statement of earnings and a receipt for the conversion costs a check for the conversion would make the conversion more economically equitable.