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......