Lights Out For 40, 60 Watt Bulbs In 2014
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The lights will go out on some of America’s most popular light bulbs in 2014.
On January 1st, 2014, the U.S., will stop producing and importing standard 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs.
It’s part of a 2007 energy efficiency law, signed by former President George W. Bush, which requires new light bulbs to meet tighter standards to decrease America’s carbon footprint. Seventy five and 100 watt bulbs are already being phased out.
“The old-fashioned incandescent bulb actually wastes 90% of the energy it uses. Instead of going to light, it goes to waste heat and that means there’s a lot more power plant pollution and it also means that we pay more on our utility bills,” said Kit Kennedy with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
According to the federal government, energy-efficient bulbs, like LEDs, halogens and compact fluorescents use about 25 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer. While the new bulbs may cost more, the Department of Energy estimates homeowners will save billions in the long run.
Still not everyone is ready to make the ‘switch’.
According to a recent survey, 30 percent say the planned to stock up on incandescent bulbs while they are still available. For now, stores will be allowed to sell the traditional bulbs while supplies last.