Over the last 2 years, consumers have experienced a significant increase in the number and variety of energy efficient options available to light their homes and businesses.   Starting January 1, 2014, new federal energy efficiency requirements come into force that will result in a further 28% improvement for the standard 60 and 40 watt incandescent bulbs.  These energy efficient incandescent bulbs will only use 43 and 29 watts, respectively, while providing the same level of light output (lumens), color, and features of the older bulbs.    Consumers have also noticed that the light bulb packages now have a new informational label to aid in the purchasing and comparison of the various options.   The label identifies brightness, energy cost, life, light color, and energy used.   Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, has a good summary on how to get the most energy savings, for less (link below).     With lighting representing on average about 12 percent of home energy costs, this transition to more energy efficient options and increasing choices is estimated to save consumers over $10 billion annually in energy costs.   Now, that is good news.  



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