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Beijing subsidizes bulbs

TEN million heavily subsidized energy-efficient light bulbs will be given out in Beijing from today to the end of September, in a move to promote green lighting.

The move could save at least 240 million yuan (US$35.1 million) a year in electricity bills, the city's development and reform commission said on Saturday.

The 10 million bulbs will be given to public service facilities in the scientific, educational, cultural, health and sports sectors, as well as households in five districts, the commission said.

With valid registration certificates, residents in Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai, Tongzhou and Shunyi districts can get an energy-saving bulb for 1 yuan - 10 percent of its regular cost.

Each household is limited to five bulbs. The rest of the cost will be covered by a government subsidy, according to the commission.

Citizens are also encouraged to swap unwanted fluorescent tubes for energy-saving lamps in return, it said.

Three of the five appointed districts are in suburban areas, and the commission said more effort would be made to promote energy-saving measures in rural areas this year.

More than 3 million energy-saving bulbs have been installed in public buildings in Beijing since 2004, and another 3.7 million are in use in homes.


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