Phasing out traditional light bulbs

FRESNO, Calif.

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Gone are the days of the 100 watt light bulb. Kinney Lewis who works at home depot in Northwest Fresno says the store no longer carries the 100 watt. Lewis says consumers get a longer lasting light bulb when switching to LEDs and CFLs.

Starting this year light bulb manufacturers around the country are required make bulbs 25-percent more energy efficient. The new standards passed by congress were signed by President George W. Bush.

The law is designed to reduce energy use and greenhouse emissions. California adopted the standards last year and has been phasing out traditional bulbs ever since. Experts say consumers will see savings on their utility bills.

Denny Boyles, PG&E spokesperson said, "It's actually really simple for every 100 watt bulb you will save 26 dollars a year just in electricity."

But the higher upfront costs of paying for the more expensive energy saver has some consumers thinking twice about spending. Others tell Action News, making the switch is well worth it.

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