U.S. retailers sold more than 20 million Energy Star®-certified LED bulbs in a first-of-its-kind challenge by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Over the year, between Earth Day 2013 and Earth Day 2014, retailers from across the country participated in the challenge, including Ace Hardware, Best Buy, Costco, Lowe’s, Metro Lighting, Bulbs.com and The Home Depot, in addition to various electrical distributors and online retailers. They educated consumers about the benefits of Energy Star-certified LED light bulbs, promoting their attributes in circulars, online and with in-store displays. In addition, utility rebates assisted in pricing these bulbs competitively, making them a real option for the average consumer.
While reported sales reached the 20 million bulb challenge, EPA estimates that total sales of Energy Star-certified LEDs topped 45 million in 2013 alone (twice as many as the previous year).
Replacing this many traditional bulbs will save Americans more than $118 million each year in energy costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of 3.5 million vehicles.
"EPA congratulates the many retailers, manufacturers and utility efficiency programs who contributed to a cleaner environment by helping to reach this goal,” said Ann Bailey, Energy Star Labeling Branch Director. “Together with our partners, we are excited about the potential to fundamentally change the way Americans light their homes with Energy Star LED lighting.”