Standards in the News

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.

Brian Amaran of writes that, "This summer, when the monument to Thomas Alva Edison on Christie Street reopens after two years of renovations, a small but symbolically significant change will take place."


The Elk Valley Times reports that light bulbs are "part of a growing array of more energy efficient products that have allowed Americans to significantly cut the amount of electricity consumed in homes and businesses."

Seth Shulman of the Union of Concerned Scientists writes that the decline in electricity consumption in the U.S. is "to a large extent, a direct result of govenment energy efficiency standards."