In late 2007, President Bush signed a federal energy bill that established energy efficiency standards for the everyday light bulb. These standards essentially retire the 130-year-old incandescent, which is so inefficient that 90 percent of the electricity it uses is wasted as heat. As there are around 4 billion screw-based sockets in the US, this is a really big deal. Once in full effect, the standards will:
Cut our nation’s electric bill by $13 billion a year.
Eliminate the need for 30 large (500 MW) power plants.
Prevent more than 100 million tons of CO2 emissions, the main pollutant responsible for global warming.
To put this into perspective, these standards will save as much electricity each year as that used by all the homes in the State of Texas.
Unfortunately some have decided to launch a campaign to “save” the inefficient incandescent light bulb.