In order to gradually phase out compact fluorescent lightbulbs in favor of even more energy-efficient LEDs, the Biden administration unveiled a new regulation on Monday.
The rule would increase the brightness-per-watt standard from 45 to 120 lumens, more than doubling it. The Department of Energy estimates that the proposed rule will reduce U.S. climate pollution by 131 million metric tonnes of CO2 and 903 thousand tonnes of methane over the next 30 years, or about the annual emissions released by 29 million homes. LED bulbs use significantly less energy and last much longer than CFLs and incandescent bulbs.
The rule is expected to be completed before the conclusion of Biden’s current term, according to the administration.
According to The Hill:
According to calculations from the Energy Department, the proposed regulation that was announced on Monday would save consumers $20 billion in total expenses over the next three decades and stop 131 million metric tonnes of carbon emissions.
Although today’s LEDs are a terrific product, it turns out that the most advanced technology may make the lights much more effective. We use so many light bulbs that this innovation, according to [Appliance Standards Awareness Project]ASAP Executive Director Andrew deLaski, will significantly lower energy expenditures for homes and businesses while reducing climate pollution from power plants.
Compact fluorescent bulbs, which are still available in some stores today but are inferior to LEDs, would likewise come to an end under this proposal.
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