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10 million bulbs for residents next year

SHANGHAI is to offer more than 10 million energy saving light bulbs over the next year at subsidized prices, the city's economic planner said.

The bulbs could save 600 million kilowatt-hours of electricity next year and cut emissions of carbon dioxide by 600,000 tons, according to the Shanghai Economic and Information Commission.

The city began to offer residents energy saving light bulbs with an extra subsidy of 20 percent of the original cost on top of a 50-percent national subsidy in June.

It is a part of the nationwide initiative to combat global warning and boost domestic consumption. The average price of an efficient light bulb was between 2 to 3.5 yuan (0.30 to 0.56 US cents).

More than 8.42 million light bulbs were sold by the end of November in the city, the Shanghai Municipal Economic and Information Commission said.


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