House Once Again Undermines Standards that Save Americans Money

Release Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Statement from the Alliance to Save Energy's Kateri Callahan 

“Once again, the House of Representatives has continued to sabotage efforts that save American families and businesses money.  Stripping funding from the Department of Energy to enforce light bulb standards that have already taken effect, and blocking the completion of new, common-sense standards for ceiling fans is a leap in the wrong direction. 

“This move not only wastes our time and energy on outdated and inferior products, but also undermines American manufacturers who over and over again have supported these standards and are committed to making newer and more efficient lighting technologies. By denying the enforcement funding, the House encourages the import of inferior products – at the expense of American workers and consumers.

“To clear up the oft-quoted myth, these lighting standards do not ‘ban’ products, but simply require a minimum level of performance for energy consumption in order to save consumers money. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a more energy efficient bulb, we would save about $600 million in annual energy costs.

“Still, the future of energy efficiency is bright. We look forward to the Senate rejecting these provisions and allowing our country to fully realize the economic benefits of energy productivity, and not return to the ‘dark ages’ of high energy costs, underperformance, and needlessly expensive electricity bills.”

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