For its last dim idea of 2019, the Trump administration has officially squashed new efficiency standards for everyday, pear-shaped light bulbs. Originally set to go into effect on January 1, the updated standards phased out wasteful halogens and incandescent bulbs—which give off more than 90 percent of their energy as heat, rather than light—and required manufacturers to shift to LEDs, which consume less electricity and last longer. The standards would have saved the average American family $100 on power bills each year and spared the atmosphere some 38 million additional tons of carbon pollution. The U.S. Department of Energy has concluded that it won’t proceed with updating the standards at all—as was required by a 2007 bipartisan law. Making matters worse, the Energy Department has also taken steps to get rid of efficiency standards for other types of bulbs, such as those for recessed lighting and chandeliers. Steven Nadel, the executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, puts it well: “You wouldn’t use a phone from the 1870s, so why use Edison’s 1870s light bulb.”
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Expert BlogUnited StatesNoah Horowitz
In an ill-advised and illegal action, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced today it will proceed with rolling back energy-saving standards for everyday light bulbs. The rollback will lead to higher bills and increased pollution.
How-ToUnited StatesLauren Evans
Old incandescent bulbs can cost you more than $100 per year in wasted energy—which costs the planet as well. Do the earth a favor and invest in new, energy saving light bulbs.
The agency’s latest rollback would keep energy efficiency standards for household bulbs stuck in the past, taking a toll on people’s wallets—and the climate.