In 2007, President George W. Bush signed an energy bill that would have phased out incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012. It was a rare pro-environmental decision for the former President that would have cut energy use and climate pollution equivalent to 17 million cars.
Unfortunately, even this simple step toward greater energy conservation irritated the Washington elite and the corporations they represent. On Friday Congress blocked those regulations from going into effect next month by inserting language into the spending bill that averted a federal government shutdown.
Just because the legislation was delayed doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the financial benefits of switching to more efficient light bulbs, however.
Understanding the energy impact differences of different types of light bulbs is important, and plays a much larger role in energy efficiency than most realize.