Standards in the News
DOE Infographic on commercial AC efficiency standards
Energy Department announces largest energy-saving standard in history The U.S. Department of Energy today announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Read more
Time to raise furnace standards and stop wasting money and energy
Baltimore Sun op-ed October 14, 2015 By Andrew deLaski After one of the warmest summers ever, the approaching winter heating season may seem hard to imagine right now. But the icy grip of cold weather will be upon us soon, and that's bad news for the millions of Americans who experience serious financial pressure every year trying to keep their homes warm. Those consumers and the federal lawmakers who represent them should be outraged to learn that... Read full op-ed in the Baltimore Sun
- 9/22/2015 Achievements of global appliance standards and labelling programs
- 7/29/2015 Which energy efficiency policies saved the most last year? Take a guess!
- 7/14/2015 Consumer groups want furnace efficiency standards updated
Major Agreement for Rooftop Air Conditioners Will Lead to Biggest Energy Savings Yet
Blog post by Meg Waltner, NRDC. Industry and energy efficiency advocates have come to a major agreement, officially approved today, on updated efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces that, once adopted, will lead to huge energy and dollar savings for more than half of the nation's nonresidential buildings. Read more
When the GOP Hits the Fan (Plus the Furnace and Light Bulbs)--Efficiency Loses
Blog post by Elizabeth Noll, NRDC Energy efficiency was a hot topic in Congress this week--and why shouldn't it be? Energy efficiency is delivering enormous value to Americans by creating jobs, lowering utility bills and cutting harmful pollution. But some members of Congress are trying to erect roadblocks to all the potential opportunities we have to save money and pollution through smarter energy use. Both the House and Senate held hearings on energy efficiency legislation yesterday, some pieces of which would undermine the great efficiency progress we've made, even though policies and programs to help people use less energy is far cheaper than generating more of it to meet our needs. Read more
- 4/10/2015 New standards put California on track to save over 100 billion gallons of water annually
California Proposes Efficiency Standards for Computers & Displays, Could Become Blueprint for the Nation
The California Energy Commission (CEC) just released a groundbreaking proposal to set energy efficiency standards for computers, monitors and signage displays in California. These standards would be the first in the country for these products and could pave the way for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to implement equivalent standards nationwide.
Have a 'beer fridge'? It's wasting energy and money
November 26, 2014 - Chris Mooney of the Washington Post writes about second refrigerator or 'beer fridges'. By keeping an old refrigerator, homeowners nullify any advantage that was gained when a more efficient model was purchased.
The Latest-Generation Video Game Consoles: How Much Energy Do They Waste When You're Not Playing?
NRDC’s new study shows that the latest game consoles – Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U – are on track to consume as much electricity each year as all the homes in Houston, the fourth-largest city in the country, and cost consumers more than $1 billion to operate annually. Unfortunately much of this energy will be consumed when gamers are asleep in the middle of the night or when no one is home during the school or workday.
Proposed Coin-Op Washer Efficiency Standard is Short on Change
Although most U.S. families wash their clothes at home, the laundry needs of about one out of five households are met by commercial washers in self-service laundromats and the laundry rooms of apartments and dorms. And now, the government has proposed increasing the standards for the energy- and water-efficiency of commercial washers, but only a little bit.
Digital Devices Drive Electricity Demand, Sapping Consumer Pocketbooks
Washington, D.C. (February 24, 2014 ) – A new analysis from the Consumer Federation of America identifies household digital devices as a leading driver of electricity consumption in U.S. and California households. The analysis, Electricity Consumption and Energy Savings Potential of Digital Devices: The Role of California Appliance Standards Leadership finds that demand for electricity from computers, monitors, notebooks, game consoles, routers and similar devices is growing at a faster pace than any other category of U.S. household appliances. “Digital devices are energy guzzlers sapping consumer pocketbooks,” said Mark Cooper, CFA’s Director of Research and author of the report. Read more
Got Science? Beyond the Spin: Here's Why Energy Efficiency Standards are Worth Celebrating
Seth Shulman of the Union of Concerned Scientists writes that the decline in electricity consumption in the U.S. is "to a large extent, a direct result of govenment energy efficiency standards."
Reports Show Americans Using Less Electricity
General Service Lamps, Computers and Battery Backup Systems, Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps, Refrigerators and Freezers, Televisions,The Elk Valley Times reports that light bulbs are "part of a growing array of more energy efficient products that have allowed Americans to significantly cut the amount of electricity consumed in homes and businesses."
Monument to Thomas Edison Switching from Incandescent to LED bulbs
Brian Amaran of NJ.com writes that, "This summer, when the monument to Thomas Alva Edison on Christie Street reopens after two years of renovations, a small but symbolically significant change will take place."
LIght Bulb Rider Could Endanger U.S. Jobs
ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel reacts to news that the light bulb rider was inserted into the omnibus spending bill.
Historic Agreement to Slash Energy Use by Set-Top Boxes will Save $1 Billion Annually
Noah Horowitz of Natural Resources Defense Council gives his take on the historic agreement to slash the energy use of set-top boxes by 10 to 45 percent.
Six Stealthy Energy Hogs: Are They Lurking in Your Home?
National Geographic writes that chances are good that hidden energy hogs in your home are burning more power and money than your refrigerator—sometimes much more.
New Analysis Finds Energy-Efficiency Standards Correct Market Failures, Save Consumers and Businesses Money
Consumer Federation of America notes: Energy costs drain $4,600 from household budgets annually; standards could save nearly $1000.
Energy Standards for Ceiling Fans Spin Up D.C. Debate
Listen to the story by Scott Horsley of National Public Radio.
Ceiling Fan Makers Strive to Block Efficiency Rules They Once Sought
Ambreen Ali of Roll Call discusses how ceiling fan makers have done an about face with regards to efficiency measures.
California's energy Efficiency Model Can Help Meet the President's Climate Goals
NRDC blog post by Devra Wang
Regulatory Nominee Vows to Speed Up Regulatory Reviews
John Broder of the New York Times writes about delayed efficiency standards and the possibility of a change if nominee is approved.
Steven Chu is the $100 Billion Man, But How Much Energy Will Secretary Moniz Save?
Climate Progress blog post by Joe Romm
Why Your Parents' Appliances Cost More to Run Than Yours Do
Consumer Reports blog post
Report: Appliance Standards Save Consumers Money While Continuing to Provide Choices
NRDC blog post by Meg Waltner
New Secretary of Energy Can Reduce Global Warming Pollution With Efficiency Standards and Continued Support For Clean, Renewable Energy
NRDC blog post by Peter Lehner
New Efficiency Standards for Transformers from DOE
NRDC blog post by Robin Roy
Sunstein's "Simpler Government" is Legally Suspect, Overly Secretive and Politically Unaccountable
Climate Progress Guest Blogger Lisa Heinzerling mentions efficiency standards languishing at OIRA.
Climate Change: Lessons from Ronald Reagan
Cass Sunstein, former Director of OMB, writes about appliance standards in this New York Times editorial. He states that "monetary benefits dwarf the costs."
Hail to the Chief Who Enacted Tougher Energy Standards
Consumer Reports asks readers which president signed into law the first federal standards to make appliances more efficient?
Clothes Dryers - Coming Into the 21st Century
NEEA (Northwest Energy Efficiency Association) reports on a new energy efficient technology for dryers. Heat pump dryers are already in use in Europe and efforts are underway to bring them to the U.S.
The Rebound Effect: Real, but Not Very Large
ACEEE released a white paper entitled The Rebound Effect: Large or Small? The paper is written in a "question and answer" format designed to summarize what we know, what we do not, and---given what we know---how large the rebound effect is likely to be. The paper examines both direct and indirect rebound effects.
Overriding Common Sense: An Attack on Energy Efficiency Standards
Efficiency standards have a long record as a commonsense way to save money for consumers and provide important societal benefits at the same time. Source: ACEEE blog
New Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Clothes Washers and Dishwashers to Save Consumers Billions on Energy Bills
DOE press release
Global Energy Ministers vow to embrace energy efficiency standards
Secretary Chu on appliance standards at international meeting: "The participating governments have already implemented more than 60 appliance standards that have saved 600 Twh or equivalent to 200 mid-sized power stations." Article by James Murray, businessGreen
The Mega Trillion Dollar Jackpot: Appliance Efficiency Standards Have Saved Consumers Big Bucks, And Even Bigger Savings are on the Way
News from the NRDC blog
Calfornia Energy Commission Plugs in Energy Efficiency Rules for Battery-Charged Appliances
First-in-the-Nation Rules Will Save Consumers Over $300 Million Annually
- California Energy Commission proposes new efficiency standards that will cut computer energy use
March 31, 2016 Pierre Delforge, NRDC The California Energy Commission (CEC) today released its latest proposal for mandating more energy efficient computers and monitors. The proposal for the nation’s first mandatory standards for computers, if adopted, will be an important step toward reducing their energy use around the country and even the world. The new proposed standards require that desktop computers reduce power draw by half when idle (with no user activity), and establishes more modest power reductions for notebooks/laptops, which already are much more efficient when operating on battery mode, but that is not always the case when they are plugged in. Read more