Light bulbs

Can we stop with the repeal of the bulb ban…PLEASE?

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January 10th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Government | 6 Comments

Even though the bill was passed in 2007, signed by President George W. Bush, has widespread support by the lighting industry and will save consumers millions on energy costs,  there are still some members of the GOP who think that energy efficient bulbs are bad for Americans. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) on Wednesday proposed legislation | Read More

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House blocks enforcement of light bulb standards

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July 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Last Wednesday the House voted to block the enforcement of light bulb standards that many say would effectively force people to buy more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs. As this blog described in a post last year, we promote energy efficiency in every way. As a refresher, the bill was signed into law by President Bush | Read More

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Are CFL Safety Issues an Urban Myth?

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June 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

“Absolutely, categorically untrue. An urban myth.” That’s how National Lighting Bureau (NLB) Chair Howard P. Lewisdescribes claims that compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs) pose a fire hazard when they reach the end of their lives. Mr. Lewis, who represents the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) on the Bureau’s board of directors, dismissed the claim as | Read More

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DOE: $675M saved with LED, could top $1B in 2013

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June 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report analyzing markets where light-emitting diodes (LEDs) compete with traditional lighting sources (e.g., incandescent and fluorescent). The report, Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications, provides estimates of current energy savings, plus potential savings if these markets switched to LEDs overnight. Nine markets were analyzed: Four | Read More

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DOE to facilitate new investment in energy efficiency lighting

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June 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

The newly appointed Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz announced  five manufacturing research and development projects to support energy efficient lighting products. The projects will focus on reducing manufacturing costs, while continuing to improve the quality and performance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Today’s LED lighting is six or seven times more efficient than conventional | Read More

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Is energy efficiency a political choice?

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May 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

Energy independence rather than the benefits of cutting carbon emissions, could be the key to persuading some US shoppers to invest in energy efficiency, according to a new study. A new study out of the University of Pennsylvania finds that people who are more politically conservative are less in favor of investing in energy-efficiency technology. It | Read More

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Linear LED, is the time now?

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April 16th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Economy | No Comments

No one doubts that LED is the future of lighting. For the last several years prices have been coming down on many styles and recently a 40w LED replacement has reached the proverbial $10 retail price point.  This is been a boon for homeowners but commercial users have not been eager to take the make | Read More

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Energy Star Portfolio Manager Helps K-12 Facility Managers Avoid Millions In Energy Costs

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April 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Schools | No Comments

By Karen Kroll – Energy Efficiency The cost to heat, cool, and operate the approximately 98,800 public elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. comes to about $7.6 billion annually, says Lauren Pitcher, a communications director with Energy Star. That’s more than the tab for textbooks and computers combined. Indeed, energy costs are typically a school’s largest operating | Read More

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First Energy Backpedals on Rebates

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March 27th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

FirstEnergy Corp.’s compact fluorescent light bulb program is back, but this time it’s up to consumers to call the company to receive them. FirstEnergy is also preparing to give direct subsidies to retail stores in the region that sell CFL bulbs, expand cash rebates to consumers who turn in old appliances and offer incentives to small | Read More

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Tuscon Electric Power Now Offering Rebates for T5 Retrofit Kit

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March 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

As part of Tuscon Electric Power’s commerical energy solutions program, any customer who converts from a T12 fixture to T5 Retrofit Kit is eligible for a rebate of $9.50 per unit. For example, if a TEP customer has a 4 lamp T12 fixture and replaces it with 2 T5 Retrofit Kits the total rebate would be | Read More

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