Michigan Incandescent Bulbs Draw Line In Sand

Even as Michigan legislators debated a bill that would turn back the clock on energy efficiency standards for light bulbs (much like the one that recently burned out in Congress), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that a solid major of state residents support energy efficient technologies and would like to see legislators, both at the federal and state level, set higher standards for appliances, light bulbs, and other household products.

Some notable findings of this poll, conducted on behalf of NRDC by Public Policy Polling, include the fact that 77 percent of voters in Michigan support the expanded use of energy efficiency technologies to help meet energy needs and reduce energy costs, with 85 percent of voters reporting having already having taken the initiative by installing energy efficient products in their homes or businesses.

CFL bulbs

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Many of these “energy efficient products” are no doubt CFL bulbs, which a recent national study identified as transcending the red state/blue state divide, reporting that 81 percent of all U.S. households have become acquainted with. The Michigan poll echoed that strong bipartisan consensus, with 84 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents, and 69 percent of Republicans coming out in favor of stronger energy efficiency standards; 62 percent of poll respondants overall agreed that switching to more efficient lighting is an effective way to reduce energy waste.

Over 60 percent voiced support for leadership from federal legislators on stronger efficiency standards, and 58 percent of voters would like the state government in Ann Arbor require electric utilities like Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy to help their customers become more energy efficient.

Another interesting tidbit – the poll showed that 48 percent of voters said they would oppose attempts by elected officials to weaken or delay energy efficiency standards. (Whether or not that would translate into actual votes on election day, of course, remains to be seen.)

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply October 3, 2011


    Nice try trying to convince us with all the skewed survey results, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Capitol is in Lansing not Ann Arbor.u00a0 No Gov’t should ever pass laws that restrict the rights of the people.u00a0 These “nanny state” regulations hopefully will go the way of the Do-Do Bird, and Socialism come Nov. ’12.u00a0 Good bye and good riddance.

  • Reply October 3, 2011


    yep those bulbs are so great especially if you want mercury poisoning

  • Reply October 4, 2011


    Like Thomas said, where is the outcry about the mercury poisoning at the landfill?

  • Reply October 4, 2011


    I converted most of my house over to CFL’s a decade ago.u00a0 On the other hand, there are bulbs that can’t be replaced for good reasons.u00a0 If you don’t like mercury and burnt plastic in your roast, don’t put a CFL in your stove.u00a0 These government “mandates” are stupid, an insult to the intelligence of the public, and in all cases designed to rake in special interest bribes at the expense of the public.u00a0 For example, the Federal bill deliberately set the efficiency gain required at a tiny fraction of what a CFL provides to accommodate the manufacturers of Halogen lamps.u00a0 Every time Congress passes a law these days, you can follow the money to the business that stands to gain by constraining our freedom, reducing competition, and forcing us to pay 1000 times what the company paid to the politicians to pass the law.n

  • Reply October 15, 2011

    Faith Montgomery

    Seems the lead-in for this article is a tad misleading, but then this is a *greenie* site . . . ah, well. And – crescentfang – I agree; the bulb in my oven quit and I had to go into my reserve incandescents to replace it. I still have a few.

  • Reply October 17, 2011


    The problem here is ignornance of the legislative changes for a simple light bulb.u00a0 n* First the upgrade in bulbs was a pet project of not other than George W. Bushn* Second it does not kill incandescent bulbs in totem but requires a certain efficiency of the bulb and that mark is being reached with a Halogen Bulb at the same cost of a CF Bulbn* Mercury is a BS argument for the amount is equal to the amount that fits on a pin and your parents homeu00a0& elementary school had much moreu00a0with the flourescent 4′ bulb for the last 70 years.n* The life of compact flourescent is 8-10X more than an incandescent and thereby reduce tons of mercury from local coal burning plants.nnMy suggestion is forget the ignorance of the internet and get the facts before belittling the move into the 21 century – and by the way, most of the world has been at this level for at least 20 years while we wish for the good old days of he 19th century!

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