One of the many ways the Biden Administration is working on their climate change initiatives is through energy efficiency in appliances and equipment. Through The Department of Energy (DOE), the federal government is putting in place new lighting standards that are cost-saving and energy efficient. The newest rules of the 100 actions the government is taking towards energy efficiency are for service lamps and required number of lumens in lighting products. General services lamps have been given a revised definition through the DOE and lamps that meet that definition are required to have a minimum of 45 lumens per watt. The new rules will take just over two months to be issued and implemented by the federal government.
“By raising energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers every year and substantially reducing domestic carbon emissions,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The lighting industry is already embracing more energy efficient products, and this measure will accelerate progress to deliver the best products to American consumers and build a better and brighter future.”
This new standard is a part of the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program where the objective is to help consumers save money by implementing energy conserving rules for appliances like lighting, kitchen, and other common household appliances. The program is expected to have helped save consumers $2 trillion since it came into effect in 1987.
Click here to read the full article, originally published April 26, 2023, by Energy.gov.