What do the new light bulb rules mean for you?
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Efficiency Nova Scotia explains the new rules for light bulbs that start January 1.
It’s out with the old incandescent and in with the new LED and CFL tonight as Nova Scotia moves to more energy efficient lighting.
New minimum energy performance standards for light bulbs come into effect on January 1, and Effeciency Nova Scotia says many Nova Scotians may be wondering how the changes will affect them.
While the new rules ban the import or interprovincial sale of traditional incandescent light bulbs, retailers will still be allowed to sell their existing stock and consumers will still be allowed to use them in their homes and businesses.
Thinking about stocking up on the old bulbs? Efficiency Nova Scotia said you should think again.
“Lighting accounts for around 10 per cent of your home’s electricity use,” said Donald Dodge, spokesperson for Efficiency Nova Scotia. “So making the switch to new, energy efficient light bulbs can make a big difference in your electricity bill.”
Consumers can choose from a wide variety of efficient bulbs, including incandescent halogen, LED and CFL, in various shapes, sizes, brightness and colour temperatures.
“There are more options than ever before to suit individual tastes and preferences when it comes to lighting,” said Dodge. “And with energy efficient bulbs as the new standard, consumers can expect to see more choices and even lower prices over time.”
Nova Scotians can get energy efficient light bulbs and other energy efficient products installed in their homes, at no cost, by calling Efficiency Nova Scotia. This service can save homeowners over $150 a year on their power bill, ENS said.
The new rules will not only help families and businesses use less energy and save money on their power bills, they will also help the province meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Nova Scotians have already shown tremendous leadership in energy efficiency,” said Dodge. “We’re saving $63 million a year in electricity costs as a result of using less energy – this year, and every year after.”
There are exemptions to the standards where an alternative for an efficient bulb is not available, such as oven lights, appliance light bulbs and utility bulbs.
Efficiency Nova Scotia is the independent, non-profit organization helping homeowners and businesses use energy better. More than 140,000 customers have participated in Efficiency programs and services since January 2011.