The United States was brought into the future with the passage of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. The bill had broad support from members of both parties in Congress, and was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The law was designed to have a slow roll-out and its final effects – banning the manufacturing of 45 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs – were put into place at the beginning of 2014. This seven year period was written into the law to allow consumers and companies to adjust to the new regulations.
But the United States is not the only country concerned with utilizing more energy efficient light bulbs. According to a new study, 88 percent of households in the United Kingdom have made the switch from incandescent light bulbs to the more environmentally-friendly CFL bulbs. The survey was conducted as a part of the PremiumLight project, an initiative that was created to inform consumers about the high-quality of energy efficient light bulbs and the money they could save by purchasing them.
The main reason that consumers invested in the CFL bulbs was not for the environment, but to save money on their monthly electricity bills. A third of those who answered the survey had also purchased LED bulbs, an option that also uses up much less electricity and energy than incandescent light bulbs. Officials from the UK Energy Savings Trust estimate that citizens can save up to a combined 1.4 billion pounds – an equivalent of roughly $2 billion U.S. dollars – each year by simply buying these new kinds of light bulbs.
In addition to buying CFL or LED bulbs, you can make your home more energy efficient by having residential window films installed on your windows by R&J Tinting.