11 Jul 2011
Tell Congress Now! Don’t Turn the Clock Back on Your Light Bulbs!
The House is scheduled to debate today a dim-watted measure that would repeal national energy efficiency standards for light bulbs enacted by Congress in 2007, and may vote on the matter later this week.
Now, hold your horse power, honey. Weren’t these standards approved with bipartisan support as part of a broader energy bill signed by Republican President George W. Bush? Despite what you might have heard, they don’t take any bulbs away from you; there is no ban on the popular incandescent. There is simply a requirement that new bulbs use 25 to 30 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs starting next year, and 65 percent less energy by 2020.
What’s the big deal? Several companies are already selling improved incandescent bulbs that meet the new standards, and they’re great. The bulbs look, light and turn on just like traditional bulbs, but they’re much more efficient. So if you liked incandescents before, you will like them even more, because you won’t burn through them so fast.
How much are you going to save, you ask? The average U.S. household would save about 7 percent on their annual electric costs – or roughly one-twelfth, according to a recent NRDC study. In other words, the savings from the lighting standards would be like getting a free month without a power bill, every single year. As this NRDC guide points out, consumers can save even more money with compact florescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
On top of your personal savings, more efficient light bulbs also would eliminate the need for 33 large power plants – and the pollution they would generate – according to the analysis.
So, don’t be fooled and let them take away your right to light that is as clean and efficient as possible. Click this link to send a message now to Congress: DON’T REPEAL the sensible light bulb efficiency standards that are going to save you money and energy.
New: NRDC has created a great guide to the whole range of available light bulbs. Find out which will work best for you.