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Biden admin cracks down on lightbulbs as part of climate agenda

The Biden administration finalized energy efficiency regulations targeting everyday light bulbs late Friday as part of a broader climate change initiative.

The Department of Energy has announced new standards for general service lamps, including the most common types of residential and commercial light bulbs. The agency said the regulation would reduce greenhouse gas pollution and ultimately save 70 million tons of dangerous carbon dioxide over the next 30 years.

“Increasing the efficiency of common household appliances is one of the most effective ways to lower energy costs and reduce harmful carbon emissions,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement. Stated.

“Under President Biden and at the direction of Congress, DOE is following the lead of light bulb manufacturers to help American households turn on significant energy savings through enhanced energy efficiency standards.”

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The Department of Energy is “helping American households turn on the switch to large-scale energy savings through enhanced energy efficiency standards,” Energy Secretary Granholm said Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images)

In addition to projected emissions reductions, the DOE said the new light bulb efficiency standards will save American households $1.6 billion each year in home energy costs.

Under the rules, which go into effect in mid-2028, manufacturers will be required to increase the efficiency level of most common light bulbs from 45 lumens per watt to more than 120 lumens per watt (an almost 170% increase). Only LED bulbs comply with the standard, compact fluorescent bulbs do not.

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Recent results from the Home Energy Consumption Survey show that U.S. households have been switching to LED light bulbs since 2015, but fewer than half of households reported using mostly or only LEDs.

Overall, 47% of households use mostly or only LEDs, 15% use primarily incandescent or halogen lights, 12% use mainly or all compact fluorescent lights, and the remaining 26% use mainly compact fluorescent lights. Federal data showed that the company did not report the type of light bulb it used.

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The Biden administration has repeatedly targeted consumer electronics as part of its efforts to reduce emissions and fight global warming. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Survey data shows that LEDs are also much more prevalent in high-income households. Meaning of energy regulations Low-income Americans will potentially be most affected. Among households with annual incomes above $100,000, 54% had LEDs, while among households with incomes below $20,000, only 39% had LEDs.

Additionally, the DOE is targeting a wide range of common household appliances, including stoves, water heaters, electric furnaces, dishwashers, refrigerators, and ceiling fans.

“Obviously, these DOE efficiency standards are supposed to benefit consumers. That’s how the law is written,” Ben Lieberman, a senior fellow at the Institute for Competitive Enterprise, previously told Fox News. told Digital. “But they are clearly being done as part of the climate change issue, especially the plan to electrify everything.”

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Meanwhile, DOE pointed to its authority under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, which established a federal program of testing procedures, labeling, and testing. Energy targets for consumer products. Later, the National Home Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 established minimum efficiency standards for home appliances and required the DOE to update the standards regularly.

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