Sometimes I wonder about the thought process of our leaders, administrators and indeed our silent technocrats.

Case in point is the budget ­proposal to issue free LED light bulbs to our unsuspecting citizens. I also ­appreciate the attempt to signal change to our ­energy-oblivious culture.

So just a few pointers for citizens who wish to be enlightened. A kilowatt-hour of energy is consumed if a 40-watt ­incandescent bulb is lit for 24 hours.

One kilowatt-hour is equivalent to 0.03 gallons of gasoline. An average household will consume 60 kilowatts per month (using eight 40-watt bulbs for six hours nightly) on lighting, which at T&TEC ­current rates of 26 cents will cost $15.60.

So the honourable minister wants to cut this in half or so by spending our precious revenue to give away bulbs. This could mean savings of 30 kilowatts for the State, and $8 per household per month. Brilliant, or what?

Remember one gallon of gasoline can generate 34 kilowatts.


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