u.s. energy efficiency to jump — celebrate it (op-ed)
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With more stringent efficiency standards ultimately at 60-watt and 40-
This month, the traditional Foundation\'s blog recently encouraged Americans to \"hoard incandescent lamps\" before the federal government takes them away \".
\"Talk about bad advice.
According to the traditional foundation, outdated incandescent lamps \"have become a symbol of fighting for Consumer Freedom and opposing the unnecessary interference of the government in the lives of the American people \".
\"First of all, it is worth noting that some incandescent lamps that meet the new standards will continue to go public, so it is entirely wrong for the traditional foundation to assert that the government is taking a class of bulbs.
But the more important thing about the traditional error message is that the latest advances in bulb technology have brought huge victories to consumers, businesses and the planet, which will save you some serious money.
Almost from your point of view, the \"government intervention\" in traditional culture has actually become the largest cross-borderthe-
The Board\'s economic and environmental success stories over the past 20 years.
Let\'s start with the original numbers.
Ironically, about the same time the Heritage Foundation published an article, the United StatesS.
S. Department of Energy released the latest data. S.
Display electricity usageremarkably —
Due to efficiency improvements, the average electricity consumption in the United States has been in placeS.
Houses have fallen to levels never seen in a decade.
Think about how many more electronic devices we use these days to complete the task.
From brushing your teeth to reading books and magazines
We used to have no electricity.
However although so we still see residents electricity consumption steadily decreased to average 2001 of the 10,819 level
Hours per household.
This is an amazing, undisputed achievement that saves you money and reduces the country\'s carbon emissions.
To a large extent, this story is a direct result of government energy efficiency standards.
But first, let\'s take a closer look at the outdated bulbs that the traditional foundation wants you to buy.
In fact, we are at a comprehensive turning point --
Revolution in lighting technology.
Since Thomas Edison\'s heyday, incandescent lamps have barely changed and have been known for their inefficiency, releasing about 95% of its energy in the form of heat rather than light (
This explains why they get so hot soon when they open).
Nowadays, LED bulbs are rapidly becoming the industry standard.
If you are one of those who is skeptical about the quality of the light of the new bulb, you should try the latest generation of bulbs.
There are a lot of varieties, but I\'m a fan of 60.
Watt equivalent \"soft white\" bulb manufactured by Watt, Inc.
They look like an old incandescent lamp that gives almost the same warm light while using 9.
This means that when you use only 16% of the electricity used before, you get almost the same light as an incandescent lamp.
When you only spend 16 cents, don\'t you want to get the same thing you used to buy for a dollar?
Of course, as an added benefit, these bulbs generate only 16% of their carbon emissions from their predecessors, assuming the same fossil
Fuel sources for electricity-
Once the technology is widely adopted, a significant reduction will be a great boon to efforts to combat global warming.
However, the advice of the Heritage Foundation is particularly irritating that it is wrong even from a purely economic perspective.
For a long time, of course, incandescent lamps cost one or two dollars each.
But the new LED bulb is now priced at $10 and has a design life of 20 times longer than an incandescent lamp.
Even if they use the same amount of electricity, it\'s a good deal.
But what\'s really dramatic is your monthly electricity bill.
Charging at home can consume about 10% to 15% of electricity.
Technology quickly changed things, but when I
Wrote the book \"smarter cooler: practical steps for low\"
\"In 2012, government data showed that American families spent an average of about $190 a year on lighting, along with some of my expert colleagues at the relevant league of scientists.
You burned ten dollars, 60 dollars.
Based on the national average electricity price, Watt incandescent lamps work 8 hours a day.
By changing 10 of these 60 people
Convert the tile bulb to an LED bulb using only 9 bulbs.
5 watts per unit, you will reduce the lighting cost to more than $30 per year.
Not only can you save $160 a year, you can also reduce your household\'s carbon emissions by about half a ton.
Of course, in the life of the LED bulb
Millions of American families
We are talking about some serious savings and undeniable advances: getting more at a lower price while helping the environment.
What don\'t you like?
The power of efficiency standards brings US government efficiency standards that traditional foundations and others like to condemn.
These figures clearly show that these efficiency standards for electrical appliances and equipment such as bulbs have been one of the most successful strategies of the federal government to reduce energy consumption since they came out more than 20 years ago.
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The reason why the efficiency plan is so attractive is that it can quickly and significantly reduce costs and save consumers and businesses.
The analysis of the relevant league of scientists shows in detail how efficiency measures using existing technologies can reduce the total number of AmericanS.
If Americans are politically willing to implement these measures, energy consumption will increase by 29% by 2030.
The key to understanding is that most manufacturers are now fully equipped to make their products more energy efficient.
However, changes to their processes may incur modest costs that put them at a disadvantage to their competitors.
This is the source of government efficiency standards.
They work because manufacturers know that their competitors have to follow the same rules.
In the end, everyone benefits.
The government standard for light bulbs is an example.
The bill launched this month actually stems from the 2007 federal energy bill enacted during President George W.
The Bush administration has gradually stopped selling inefficient incandescent lamps since 2012.
How much does these efficiency standards play in getting more at lower prices?
The answer is by our side. Some modern 40-
The power of the inch led TV purchased today is 80% lower than the old cathode ray TV in the past.
Desktop computers cost about $28 a year on average, while running the same thing on an iPad or other tablet, with less than $2 a year on electricity.
The case of the refrigerator is particularly instructive. Refrigerators —
Among most American households, one of the biggest consumers of electricity costs about $123 a year on average.
However, this figure masks significant progress in efficiency.
Six rounds of step-by-step standards have helped to drive significant changes for all.
The first three rounds (
Initiated by California and then received by other states)
Meetings were held from 1978 to 2003, and subsequent meetings were adopted at the federal level.
2003 after the rule comes into effect, the average price of the new refrigerator is 60% cheaper than the mid-range refrigerator, 20% larger than the mid-range refrigerator
In 1970 seconds, electricity consumption was reduced by 70%.
Putting aside hype and misinformation, the electrical efficiency standards introduced in the past few decades have helped speed up the process, greatly reducing the energy consumption of each appliance and reducing the total energy consumption in the United States. S.
As of 2010, electricity consumption is estimated to be 7% lower than that consumed without these standards. Some of the U. S.
Government projects like the current Energy Star program offer only voluntary guidelines, not mandatory standards.
According to the government, in fact, if every refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine purchased in the United States this year must comply with the federal government\'s current energy Star efficiency guidelines, we can also save $0. 7 billion a year on energy costs, while reducing greenhouse gases by 2 million tons a year. Equivalent to the annual emissions of about 350,000 cars.
Of course, the Energy Star program also shows that we don\'t have to wait for mandatory government standards to see the results.
Smart consumer decisions can help you get more savings, and cooler intelligence provides more scientific knowledge for those who are interested
Organize these choices for yourself according to suggestions.
The point is: next time you hear complaints about the government\'s efficiency standard \"depriving\" of your rights, consider the evidence.
Then go to town for a night or two to celebrate all the money you save and the good things you do for the environment.
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