Standards in the News


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.

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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.


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.


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.