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New air conditioner standards would reduce cooling costs for modular classrooms and offices
Posted by Joanna Mauer on December 12, 2014

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed new standards today for certain types of specialized air conditioners that would reduce cooling costs for many schools as well as other buildings. The new standards would cut energy use by about 18% relative to the current standards.

The standards proposed today cap a busy week for new DOE efficiency standards. DOE completed new standards for...

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Dishwasher energy and water use would continue to decline with new efficiency standards
Posted by Joanna Mauer on December 11, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new efficiency standards today for dishwashers that would reduce energy and water use by 24% and 38%, respectively. The new standards would save money for consumers on their utility bills and help continue the 25-year trend of declining dishwasher energy and water use.

DOE estimates that the new standards would save 1 quadrillion Btus of energy over 30 years of sales, an amount equivalent to the annual energy use of almost six million U...

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New standards to improve efficiency of clothes washers in laundromats and apartments
Posted by Joanna Mauer on December 08, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will reduce the energy and water use of commercial clothes washers, which are used in laundromats and multi-family buildings.

DOE estimates that the new standards will net a typical owner of a commercial clothes washer $165 to $290 in savings over the life of the machine. On a national level, the new standards will save 70 trillion Btus of energy over 30 years of sales, an amount...

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How your refrigerator has kept its cool over 40 years of efficiency improvements
Posted by Marianne DiMascio on September 11, 2014

Electric refrigerator adOne of the great inventions of our time – the modern refrigerator – will get an efficiency makeover when new national efficiency standards go into effect on September 15, reducing energy use of most refrigerators and freezers by about 20-25%. The new standards take effect 100 years after the first modern refrigerators...

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The good news, and the not-so-good news, on the new DOE water heater test procedure
Posted by Anthony Fryer on June 30, 2014

On Friday, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new test procedure for residential and some commercial water heaters. The new procedure addresses a number of longstanding testing issues in order to better replicate real-world usage and to more accurately measure energy consumption across various technologies. Unfortunately, DOE missed an opportunity to ensure that one of the most energy-efficient technologies, the electric heat pump water heater (HPWH),...

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Taming an energy hog with efficiency standards
Posted by Joanna Mauer on June 25, 2014

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace fans by about 40% and also deliver improved comfort.

Most furnace fans come as part of a furnace. But in homes with central air...

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Just in time for the dog days of summer - better AC standards
Posted by Marianne DiMascio on May 15, 2014

If you’re planning to buy a room air conditioner this summer, and need relief from both heat and high electricity bills, you are in luck. Energy efficiency standards due to take effect at the beginning of the summer will ensure that window air-conditioning units will give you more bang for your buck. As you stay cool, you will use less energy and keep more change in your pocket.

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