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  • Consumer Guide to New Light Bulb Choices Resulting From Law Taking Effect January 1st

    New Products Can Cut Lighting Portion of Energy Bills by 30% But Consumers Need to Understand What to Buy  Washington, D.C.—Today, the Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union are releasing a simple guide to help consumers understand the new lighting choices they will have under the new light bulb law taking effect January 1, Continue Reading

  • Lighting Efficiency Standards in the Balance

    Congress is likely to decide today or tomorrow whether to gut new lighting efficiency standards scheduled to take place January 1.  Along with other consumer groups, we’ve asked Congress to preserve the standards and help consumers tame their utility bills.  See our letter, press release, and fact sheet for additional information.  The standards have helped usher in a new Continue Reading

  • CU urges Congress to vote NO on BULB Act

    House Vote Today Threatens Money-Saving Energy Standards

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  • Consumer Reports on Lighting

    You may have heard that light bulbs are changing in 2012. On January 1st, new standards take effect which will give you new lighting choices that are 25-30% more efficient than the decades old incandescent bulbs that your grandparents used. Contrary to reports, incandescent lights are NOT being banned—they are simply becoming more efficient. Not Continue Reading

  • Why the BULB Act is Bad for Consumers

    The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this evening on legislation that would repeal efficiency standards for light bulbs put in place in 2007. Please allow us to shed a little light on why this legislation is a really bad idea. In short, the legislation (H.R. 2417, or the “Bulb Act”) would increase Continue Reading

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