On January 1st of this year, the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act that was signed into law by President George W. Bush finally took full effect. The law bans the manufacturing or importing of any incandescent light bulbs, leaving consumers with the more energy efficient options of LED or CFL bulbs. While 100 and 75 watt incandescent bulbs were phased out at the beginning of 2012, the lower wattage bulbs are just now being left behind. While this law has been given a slow roll-out process, the pushback from some members of Congress who are opposed to this law is steadily growing.
It's no secret that the current political climate is toxic, particularly between the two parties in the legislative branch. While the 2007 bill was passed with broad bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, there are many today who think that the government overstepped its bounds into the free market. Conservatives argue that, while energy efficient bulbs are becoming more common across the country, they are not always the most popular option. The argument is that people should be able to decide what lighting they want in their homes.
As a part of the massive $1 trillion spending bill that Congress is set to pass this week, House members have tacked on an amendment that would bar all EPA funding for enforcement of the new light bulb standards. But experts argue that even if the bill passes with this provision intact it likely will not make much of a difference, as most major light bulb companies have already made the switch to producing more efficient lighting.
You can make your own home more energy efficient by purchasing these new types of bulbs and installing window tinting film from R&J Tinting.