The U.S. Department of Energy’s final act of 2014 was a change in linear fluorescent lights that will save $15 billion in electricity costs by the year 2030.
Nationally, there are about 2.5 billion linear fluorescent lights located in hospitals, schools, offices and many other business type environments. These lights make up 60-70 percent of all commercial electricity lighting consumption in the United States.
This new standard will not go into effect until 2018 and will require that the new lights will be 4 percent more efficient than current ones and 23 percent more efficient than those sold before 2012. It is projected that the change in standard will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4 million tons.
The change in light bulb standards is part of a larger initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and electricity costs. Other changes put forward in 2014 include conservation standards for household appliances and computer and cell phone chargers.