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Water heaters get an efficiency makeover courtesy of the Department of Energy
Posted by Marianne DiMascio on February 25, 2015

pump showerHumphrey automatic water heaterFrom the rustic 1850s...

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New national furnace standards will save consumers money, but stronger standards could save even more
Posted by Andrew deLaski on February 11, 2015

Yesterday, the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a proposed rule for furnaces that would provide significant savings for consumers on their home heating bills, and be among the biggest natural-gas saving standards ever completed by the agency. The new standards would reduce gas and propane furnace energy consumption by about 13% relative to basic furnaces sold today.

Improved furnace efficiency standards are a crucial energy-savings opportunity for homeowners and the nation,...

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Fewer dollars up the chimney with DOE's proposal for gas fireplaces
Posted by Marianne DiMascio on January 29, 2015

Proposed new standards for gas fireplaces may make a cozy night in front of the fire a little cheaper. For decorative hearth products, the little blue flame that stands ready to light your gas fireplace at a moment’s notice can account for about 40% of the total annual energy consumed. Standing pilots lights are on 24/7, continuously burning small amounts of gas and sending dollars needlessly up your chimney. A proposed rule issued by the Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday...

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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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