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Lights Out On Incandescent Bulbs in 2014

On January 1, 2014, the production of 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs will be a thing of the past.
Fayetteville, AR - A federal ban is turning out the lights on the manufacture of traditional incandescent bulbs.

The law requires light bulbs to use 25 percent less energy by 2014, and on January first, the production of 40 and 60 watt incandescent bulbs will be a thing of the past.

"We still have all those bulbs available, but it will be a sell through," says Home Depot Master Trade Specialist Ronnie Fast. "When they're gone they're gone."

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 stopped production of 100 watt bulbs in 2012, followed by 75 watt incandescents in 2013, to cut down on energy consumption.

"We're just using a lot more light to decorate our homes," Fast says. "Anything we can do to put back and save in our time, I feel that's a good thing. I like the phase out. I like our new bulbs."

Fast says the store has more than 100 kinds of energy efficient lights, from compact fluorescent bulbs to LEDs. He says installing LED bulbs in the five most used fixtures in your home can save about sixty dollars each year in utility costs.

"The newer bulbs do have a little higher initial cost," Fast says. "But the savings down the road make up for that. The LEDs alone, most of those have a 25 year rating."

Fayetteville is taking the technology to heart. The city is in the top fifty nationwide for sales of LED and CFL bulbs per capita,

"We're one of the largest growing areas in the nation so it would only make sense that we're doing the things that are better for our country and better for our area," Fast says. "We're saving electricity back on America's power grid."

The city of Fayetteville recently completed an LED lighting upgrade at its television center using SWEPCOs Small Business Direct Install program.

"The city was able to take advantage of utility incentives that paid for about a third of the project upgrades," says Fayetteville Director of Sustainability and Strategic Planning Peter Nierengarten. "The utility company kicked in about $2,400, and we paid about $4,000 for these brand new lights."

Nierengarten says the project will pay for itself in four years, while providing a better work environment and cutting the city's carbon footprint.

"We're saving taxpayer dollars, conserving resources," he says. "We're continuing to look at all of our facilities and look for opportunities to improve our efficiencies... any area we can to both save money and save natural resources."

Nierengarten says the city also upgraded lights at a fire station earlier this year, and incentives are also available to businesses and homeowners looking to increase efficiency.

"If you have ideas for improvements to water heaters, HVAC systems, lighting, please please call the local utility company," he says. "That could help reduce your up front capital costs."
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