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Calif. leads way in energy-efficient bulbs

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Sacramento (UPI) Jan 4, 2011
California says its consumers will be the first in the nation to save money under a federal law raising the energy-efficiency standard of light bulbs.

The federal law set adoption of the standard for Jan. 1, 2012, but California was given authority to implement it one year earlier, The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday.

Under the federal measure, 100-watt bulbs manufactured after the adoption date must use 28 percent less energy than a traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb.

"This is in keeping with the traditional role of California being a leader in energy efficiency," California Energy Commission spokesman Adam Gottlieb said. "After 132 years, we're giving (Thomas) Edison a makeover."

California welcomed the opportunity to get an early start on high-tech solutions like halogen, compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode bulbs, Gottlieb said.

California energy standards on everything from appliances to home-building requirements have kept "per-capita electricity use in California absolutely flat for 32 years while the rest of the nation has seen a 40 percent increase during that time," he said.

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