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DOE proposes first update to commercial furnace standards in 20 years
Posted by Joanna Mauer on January 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new standards today that would provide a modest boost to the efficiency of commercial furnaces. The standards for commercial furnaces are due for an update as they have not changed in more than 20 years.

Commercial furnaces are typically used to provide space heating for low-rise buildings such as schools, restaurants, big-box stores, and small office buildings. (Larger buildings generally use boilers to heat hot water that is...

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Energy Department Rings in the New Year with New Efficiency Standards for Lighting and Ice Makers
Posted by Andrew deLaski on January 03, 2015

On the last day of 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) completed new standards for fluorescent tube light bulbs and commercial ice makers, capping a tremendous year of progress for the agency’s efficiency standards efforts. By improving the efficiency of the overhead light bulbs that illuminate millions of offices across the U.S., the new fluorescent lamp standards will cut energy waste and save businesses billions of dollars. The updated commercial ice maker standards will do the same for the millions of restaurants, hotels, and other establishments that use this equipment....

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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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