On February 10, 2015, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
One of the great inventions of our time – the modern refrigerator – will get an efficiency makeover when new national efficiency standards go into effect on September 15, reducing energy use of most refrigerators and freezers by about 20-25%.