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Trouble Ahead for US Appliance Efficiency Standards
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) plan for national appliance standards for 2020 has come into focus, and the picture is not pretty. Hard on the heels of its rollback of light bulb standards in late 2019, the administration last week finalized its re-write of the process used for developing new standards.
Updated hot tub standard could bring surprisingly big energy savings to states
As the weather gets frostier, you might consider a dip in a hot tub to warm up. While you’re soaking in that spa, take comfort in the fact that an updated energy standard now covers how much electricity these toasty tubs can consume.
DOE published four new efficiency standards, bowing to court order
It took a lawsuit, but today the Department of Energy (DOE) published the first new national appliance efficiency standards since 2017. The new standards, finalized under the Obama administration in December 2016 but withheld from official publication by the Trump administration, will cut energy waste for four product categories.