New rules could force homeowners to light up indoors, says watchdog

NEW YORK — New York’s newest outdoor lighting regulations are coming to light Monday, but they could be too much for some homeowners.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commissioner Daniel C. Steinhauer said a rule that requires outdoor lights to be “included” in the home’s energy bill would cost homeowners $2.7 million.

The rule would also require new residential structures to have a single “on” switch and a “off” switch on the outdoor lighting circuit.

SteinHauer said it could be a significant burden on homeowners who don’t have other lighting sources in the house.

“It would require a significant investment in energy for the homeowner,” Steinhau said.

Steinhauer added that some homeowners who have had the lights for years would not be affected by the new rules.

New Jersey’s New Jersey State Senate approved a bill last week that would require outdoor lights in homes to be included in the homeowners energy bill, though it does not require them to be labeled as “inclusion” or “non-inclusion.”

The legislation would also eliminate a requirement that lights be included if they are “invisible” or have a “disappearing” effect.

In New York, all residential buildings must be included with an energy bill and can only be sold after the homeowner has paid the full purchase price.

Steinhauser said the bill would require new homes to have lights included in a home’s electrical energy bill.

Steinshauer did not respond to a request for comment.

The rules are expected to be approved by the New York State Assembly in the coming weeks.

New York City’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has been reviewing the rules and is considering whether to appeal the state’s approval of the new regulations.