Standards in the News


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.

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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...


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.