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Let's not take a step backward on lighting efficiency.

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The House and Senate may vote soon on bills to repeal recently enacted energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs that are due to take place next year. These standards are huge money savers for Americans with the average household saving $100 to $200 per year, or more, and helping to avoid approximately 100 million tons of global warming pollution per year -- equivalent to the pollution of more than 17 million cars.

The law, The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires new incandescent bulbs to use 25 to 30 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs beginning in 2012, and 65 percent less energy by 2020 while providing comparable light to the bulbs they are replacing. Traditional bulbs are extremely inefficient -- wasting about 90 percent of the energy they consume as heat instead of light. Some members of congress are seeking to repeal this act, including one that sponsored it.

And although you may have heard pundit's claims that incandescent bulbs are going to be banned beginning in 2012, that's simply not true. In fact, there are many companies already selling the new energy-efficient incandescent bulbs that meet those 2012 standards. These bulbs look and perform just like conventional incandescent bulbs, but don’t use the same old technology, which has changed very little over the past 125 years.

It appears that there are people falsely (albeit ignorantly) claiming that incandescent bulbs are going away next year, which simply is not the case. They are just becoming more efficient.  Let congress know that you support the money saving and energy conservation efforts that are the basis of the existing law. Go to NRDC Action Center and take action now.



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