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Take Action: Stand up for Lightbulb Efficiency Standards

Dear Energy Efficiency Advocate:

We need your help to prevent the Trump administration from rolling back a lightbulb energy efficiency and delaying 16 other standards!

The standards under threat will ensure that Americans aren’t stuck with lightbulbs and other products that needlessly waste energy, drive up our bills, and cause enormous pollution. Set to go into effect in 2020, the lightbulb standard at risk will save American consumers and businesses billions of dollars each year. But not if the Trump administration stops it – which is exactly what they’ve just proposed.

It’s time to speak out. We’re asking Congress to hold the Trump administration accountable for energy efficiency standards enabled by bipartisan majorities of representatives and senators. 

More than a decade ago, Congress passed the law requiring lightbulb standards – with overwhelming bipartisan support – and it was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The first stage of the standards went into effect in 2012 and is one of the reasons LED lightbulbs are so prevalent today for the traditional-shaped bulbs.

The second stage of the standard – the one the Trump administration wants to undo – will ensure that other common shapes of bulbs, including cone-shaped recessed lights, globe-shaped bulbs, and candelabra-style bulbs commonly used in homes today, will also waste far less energy. In fact, this second stage has the potential to be even more impactful than the first: It would save American households $116 every year on utility bills.

The Trump administration’s rollback would require the additional energy equivalent of running several dozen large coal-fired power plants. And it would cause the additional release of 38 million metric tons of carbon dioxide – annually.

And the lightbulb standard is just one of many at risk. 

We’re asking Congress to take the administration to task and ensure that minimum energy efficiency standards continue. We’ve made it easy for you to send a pre-drafted letter to your members of Congress. It takes just a minute. Together, we’ll be sending a strong message in support of energy efficiency.