Call to action: Make clothes dryers more energy-efficient to save consumers up to $4 billion (6/12/2014)

Noah Horowitz writes that extensive research done by NRDC and its consultant ECOVA shows that updating residential dryers to the level of the most efficient versions sold overseas could save U.S. consumers a whopping $4 billion a year. Dryers are one of the largest energy users in our homes and represent 2 percent of our nations entire electricity consumption.


Consumers Could Save About $1000 per Year with Efficiency Standards (10/29/2013)

Consumers could save about a thousand dollars on annual household energy costs if energy-efficiency performance standards were more prevalent and better understood. That’s according to a report, Energy Efficiency Performance Standards: The Cornerstone of Consumer-Friendly Energy Policy, released today by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). The report also finds a broad consensus among a variety of independent policy evaluations that energy-efficiency performance standards, when effectively implemented, are the ideal tool for delivering these savings. Currently, proceedings affecting almost two-dozen new energy performance standards for a broad spectrum of products are pending at the federal and state levels.


Read a related blog post by Ben Longstreth, NRDC

Friday Night Lights: Thanks to DOE, It Won't Cost as Much to Light Your High School Football Field (8/14/2013)

DOE Overestimating Impact of Energy Efficiency Standards on Appliance Prices (8/5/2013)

Washington, D.C.—A new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) finds that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been overestimating the impact that energy efficiency standards for appliances and other products have on their price tags.

“Based on market data, the prices of many appliances have gone down even as new efficiency standards have taken effect,” said the lead author of the report and ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel. “Even when prices have gone up some, the increase is far lower than DOE estimated.”


More Irony As the House Contradicts Itself on Energy Efficiency Standards (7/15/2013)

The House of Representatives tacked on two amendments to the Energy and Water spending bill Wednesday that would limit DOE’s ability to carry out requirements mandated by none other than…Congress. One amendment would stop DOE from enforcing lighting efficiency standards passed by Congress in 2007 and the other amendment would halt...

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President Obama Sets Lofty Goals for Appliance Standards (6/25/2013)

From Page 9 of President Obama's June 2013 Climate Plan:

Establishing a New Goal for Energy Efficiency Standards:
In President Obama’s first term, the Department of Energy established new minimum efficiency standards for dishwashers, refrigerators, and many other products. Through 2030, these standards will cut consumers’ electricity bills by hundreds of billions of dollars and save enough electricity to power more than 85 million homes for two years. To build on this success,the Administration is setting a new goal: Efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings set in the first and second terms combined will reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030 – equivalent to nearly one-half of thecarbon pollution from the entire U.S. energy sector for one year – while continuing to cut families’ energy bills.

Read the White House Fact Sheet or the President's Climate Plan

Read the ASAP blog post

Read Heather Zichal's 3-month update. Heather is the Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

ASAP recommends for Next Steps for President Obama

Microwave Oven Standards News 2013 (6/3/2013)

New Standards Cut “Vampire” Energy Waste and Offer Hope that the White House and DOE Are Addressing Delays to Energy Efficiency Standards

Author: Andrew deLaski

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced new national energy efficiency standards for microwave ovens on Friday that will take a bite out of standby (or “vampire”) power. Just as important, completion of this long-delayed rule offers hope that the White House and the Department of Energy (DOE) are ready to put an end to the delays that have been plaguing new efficiency standards over the past couple of years.

First, let’s talk about microwaves. With a few simple changes, energy wasted by microwaves can be reduced to almost zero. A typical microwave spends only about 70 hours heating up food over the course of a year. For the remaining 8,690 hours (99% of the time), the microwave consumes energy continuously to power the clock display and the electronic controls. But some microwaves waste more energy than others. The microwaves that waste the most energy......Read more

News: Better Appliances: An Analysis of Performance, Features, and Price as Efficiency Has Improved (5/21/2013)

Washington, D.C. (May 21, 2013): Newer appliances are not only more efficient, they perform the same or better while including a large number of new features, according to a new report, Better Appliances: An Analysis of Performance, Features, and Price as Efficiency Has Improved, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). In many cases, product prices have stayed the same or even declined as efficiency has improved. In other cases, electricity bill savings outweigh price increases.

“Everyone knows that replacing your old appliance with a new, more efficient model will save you money on your utility bills,” said Steven Nadel, ACEEE executive director. “What this report shows is that consumers haven’t had to sacrifice good performance or new features in exchange for improved efficiency.”

“Many of us tend to be nostalgic about the past, but what this report shows is......

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