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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Tens of thousands of people up north are still without power, but officials say many more all over the country may also be 'in the dark' about a government energy saving plan happening right now. 

A recent study reports only four out of 10 people are aware of the end for America's favorite light bulb.

At the top of the year, production on 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs will cease.

It's the final phase of energy saving mandates signed into law in 2007.

"The old light bulbs that we're used to are the incandescent bulbs, and actually the 100 watt and 75 watt bulbs have already been phased out," Alabama Power representative Linda Brannon said.

Brannon reports more energy efficient, longer lasting bulbs will take their place.

"[The new bulbs are] Halogen, Compact Florescent Lamps, more commonly known as CFL and LED's."

Brannon said the Halogens are going to look and feel more like what we're use to.

"I believe they will also be the cheaper alternative of those three," Brannon said.

Officials report that although the up-front cost will likely be more, you'll save money in the long run.

"It has been estimated that the average household, by switching out all the light bulbs, even to the Halogen bulbs, would save about $143 a year," said Brannon.

Although Brannon believed there were very few drawbacks to the phase-out, some may run into trouble switching over.

"If you go with the Compact Florescent bulbs, older switches might not function correctly with that type of bulb," Brannon claimed. 

Most stores will continue to sell incandescent bulbs until their supply runs out.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the new bulbs will help save money, use less energy, and lower greenhouse gas emissions which some say lead to climate change.

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