In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama said we need to “act with more urgency” on climate change and also pledged to make this “a year of action.” Fortunately, when it comes to new appliance, equipment, and lighting efficiency standards, the administration has already made very good progress.
Thanks to a new national standard announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), power adapters--the sometimes bulky and annoying boxes on the power cords of your electronic gadgets--will waste a lot less energy. Just as importantly, DOE deferred new national standards for battery chargers, allowing strong existing standards in California and Oregon to remain in place.
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New national standards for metal halide light fixtures announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) today take another important step toward curbing energy waste and will save businesses and towns money on their utility bills. The new standards also mark progress toward meeting President Obama’s ambitious goal of saving 3 billion metric tons of CO2 from new appliance standards, as laid out in the Climate Action Plan. But stronger standards could have saved even more.
What a difference a year makes! At the start of 2013, we were tracking the amount of savings lost from standards which were delayed at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At the start of 2014, we are tracking progress toward President Obama’s ambitious goal of 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide reductions from standards by 2030. Here are eight quotes that capture the start, finish, and the in-between of 2013:
Electric motors are about as common in U.S. industry and commercial buildings as roast turkey at Thanksgiving. According to the Energy Information Administration, about one-half of all electricity used by U.S. industry goes to power motors.
Those of us who have been hopelessly glued to AMC’s Breaking Bad for the past five seasons, or have been binge watching the latest Netflix offering late into the night, will be happy to learn that the new televisions bringing us these shows are becoming more and more energy efficient. On October 2, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gave us a new and better tool to track this energy use with a test method that provides a single, consistent, and accurate way to measure TV energy consumption.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new energy efficiency standards that would address a major energy hog that may be lurking in your basement. The new standards would reduce the energy consumption of furnace fans, which are the fans that circulate heated and cooled air supplied by furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps through ductwork in homes. Improved furnace fan efficiency would not only save consumers money on their electricity bills, but would also help improve comfort.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) inspector general (IG) released an audit report Wednesday on the agency’s management of the national appliance efficiency standards program. The audit confirms serious concerns that we have been raising for years. More importantly, it shows DOE is addressing those concerns and strengthening a vital program.