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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- How's this for a bright idea? Give every Utah family a $30 tax cut for the purchase of long-lasting light bulbs and save the state millions in energy costs.
That's the proposal from Republican House representatives Carl Wimmer of Herriman and Greg Hughes of Draper.
The tax cut would cost the state about $21 million in lost revenue, but cut some $200 million in statewide electrical costs.
Under the plan, Utah households would get a $30 voucher good only for the purchase of energy-saving fluorescent gas bulbs, which use less electricity and last longer than ordinary light bulbs.
Wimmer and Hughes say the state is running a surplus in a the hundreds of millions of dollars this year and can afford one-time energy saving program.
They say the average per-family savings would be $285.
Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com
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