New Jersey Law Curbs Energy Use

March 08, 2005

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey signed a bill into law that requires exit signs, traffic signals, and halogen-powered home lamps to use less energy. The new law will cut energy use by 1% percent statewide, and may save residents $742 million over the next 15 years.

The law sets efficiency standards for nine products — including large heaters, air-conditioning units, transformers, commercial freezers, and clothes washers — that are used mostly by businesses and industries. Halogen torchiere lamps and bulbs for exit and traffic signals are also covered. Only newly purchased equipment is subject to this law; older products won't have to be replaced.

For more information, read the governor's March 8 press release.