A government mandate will force manufacturers to halt production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs today.
The mandate is being implemented to create a more energy efficient society.
For the past few years, the government has been phasing out different wattages of light bulbs. A couple of years ago, it was 100-watt and 75-watt bulbs.
Some consumers have said being energy efficient is fine, but it’s something each individual needs to decide.
“I’m not happy with it,” Cynthia Morse said of the light-bulb mandate. “I’ve already bought a number of regular light bulbs that I’m storing because I don’t feel like we need to be told what to get for our houses.”
However, Morse’s view isn’t shared by all.
Oncor Area Manager Tom Trimble said he supports the mandate’s intended effect.
“(I am) trying to conserve energy as much as possible,” Trimble said. “We have more people out there now that are using more energy; if we can find even the little things that can help, (why not?).”
Instead of using the standard florescent bulb, people will be encouraged to buy more efficient light bulbs like LED lights, or the compact florescent lamps.
“With the millions of bulbs on the system, you’re saving a lot of energy,” Trimble said.
The new lights cost more but last longer, he added.
Standard 40- to 60-watt bulbs cost about 40 cents apiece, while standard led lights cost $10 a bulb.
“It’s going to be a large up-front cost, (but) the back end cost is where you’re going to save money (on) your electric bill,” Trimble said.