Out with the old and in with the new this year. Since the ban of incandescent lighting, consumers and business owners are tossing out their T12s, and replacing them with LEDs.
The energy efficient lighting technology last much longer and uses far less electricty than incandescent. “Prices for the bulbs are falling steadily as retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s sell them aggressively and manufacturers improve the technology.”
According to retailers, LED sales in the residential market were a small 3 percent, but grew faster than those of any other lighting technology. IMS Research, an electronics research firm, believes that LEDs will outsell incandescents in the U.S. in 2014.
While the price tag is higher, consumers are beginning to discover the appeal of efficient lighting including better lighting quality and more flexibility.
Source: The New York Times
More consumers consider energy conservation or better battery performance in their purchasing decisions.
Every year there seems to be more and more energy efficient electronics on the market. Whether it’s refrigerators, washers, televisions, or even phones, nearly all new technology feature a much sharper focus on leading-edge energy efficiency.
It’s no wonder since more consumers consider energy conservation or better battery performance in their purchasing decisions. That’s largely driving the decisions for electronic companies to step up their efficiency game.
In that industry, Samsung seems to be leading the way when it comes to energy efficiency electronics. They recently released products that were approved for the rigorous IEEE 1680 sustainable product certification, verified by UL Environment. The rating is based on several criteria including use of environmentally sensitive materials, product longevity, energy conservation, and packaging.
Not to be outdone, Samsung’s rival LG also publicizes their environmental labeling including the EPA Energy Star Program and the CarbonFree designation developed by Carbonfund.org Foundation.
And since energy efficient electronics and appliances seem to be growing in demand, it’s more than likely that other leading manufacturers will take similar measures to improve their energy efficiency.