So, why would Republicans repeal the law that begins phasing out energy-sucking traditional light bulbs next year? Most Americans support the phase-out and enjoy their low-energy lighting, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. Almost 3 out of 4 Americans, or 71 percent, say they have replaced standard light bulbs in their homes with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which use 75 percent less energy than incandescents, or light emitting diodes (LEDs). A whopping 84 percent are satisfied with the new bulbs.
"Converting to CFLs or LEDs is a simple, easy step homeowners can take and have an immediate impact on their home energy efficiency," says Marjorie Kass, managing director of MXenergy, one of the nation's fastest growing independent energy providers. "By making this move, people automatically reduce their electricity consumption. Our hope is once they take that first step, they will become excited and motivated to look for other areas where they can become more efficient as well."
Last month Representative Joe Barton of Texas led a handful of Republicans in the House of Representatives to repeal the 2007 law, which the industry group representing light-bulb manufacturers supports. “People don't want Congress dictating what light fixtures they can use," Barton said in a statement.
The 2007 law set new standards for the amount of light produced per unit of energy, forcing out standard incandescent light bulbs in favor of more efficient options, including CFLs, which are primarily manufactured in China, Tom LoBianco reports on PlattsEnergyWeek. Kyle Pitsor, vice president of government relations for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which represents light bulb manufacturers on federal matters, says bulb manufacturers are improving their technology and expanding operations in the United States. TCP will move some of its CFL production from China to a new factory in Ohio, and Sylvania is retrofitting a Pennsylvania plant to produce halogen bulbs that meet the new efficiency standards, Pitsor said.
Most Americans have switched to CFLs or LEDs--and they're satisfied.