How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change the World? One. And You’re Looking At It.: We tend to slam Wal-Mart when we think they’re evil, so we should probably pat them on the back when they do something good. And this is very good, because incandescent bulbs are evil, remember.
In the next 12 months, starting with a major push this month, Wal-Mart wants to sell every one of its regular customers—100 million in all—one swirl bulb. In the process, Wal-Mart wants to change energy consumption in the United States, and energy consciousness, too. It also aims to change its own reputation, to use swirls to make clear how seriously Wal-Mart takes its new positioning as an environmental activist.
This comes on the heels of Wal-Mart talking about selling E85 at all its stores.
Wal-Mart is exploring the viability of selling E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline, but it costs about $100,000 to install each E85 pump. Those costs are only partially offset by tax credits—up to $30,000 for each filling station.
That would be cool because we have a little extra corn around these parts,