EPA to Americans: Install LEDs Now
The Environmental Protection Agency on October 25 released a national call-to-action to replace millions of light bulbs with LEDs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked Energy Star Day 2016 by calling on Americans to replace their inefficient light bulbs with Energy Star certified LED bulbs.
EPA said the goal is to change more than 300 million bulbs in one year. Working with Energy Star retail, manufacturer and utility partners, EPA said such a change-out would save Americans about $1.5 billion dollars in annual energy bills and prevent 17 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions.
And while the call was directed at residential applications, EPA data shows switching to LEDs could result in even more savings for high-volume commercial lighting users.
“Energy Star-certified lighting is one of the easiest opportunities for American consumers to save energy, save money and protect the environment from climate change,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “The lighting market is poised for dramatic change towards high-quality, long-lasting products that use a fraction of the energy compared to the bulbs they replace.”
EPA is launching a year-long effort to educate people about the benefits of LED lighting. The “Light the Moment with Energy Star” campaign will leverage traditional and social media to highlight the affordability, quality and broad selection of LED bulbs and fixtures.
EPA confirmed most LED bulbs use as much as 70-90% less energy than traditional bulbs and last at least 15 times longer. A single bulb can save $55 in electricity costs over its lifetime and last more than 12 years with typical use.
“EPA is finally committing to something we’ve been saying for years—LEDs are a no-brainer,” Arkon Power Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis said. “For businesses that use large amounts of light, the fixtures pay for themselves in no time.”
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