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Appliance Standards

February 12, 2014
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...
February 3, 2014
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...
January 30, 2014
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...
January 14, 2014
Once again, some members of the House are trying to turn back a train that has already left the station. They have inserted a light bulb rider in the 2014 omnibus spending bill which would prohibit the Department of Energy (DOE) from enforcing the...
January 7, 2014
As 2013 draws to a close, it's useful to reflect back on the past year and look forward to the coming one. Despite political and economic headwinds, the states and federal and local governments continued to make progress on energy efficiency...
November 25, 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. While...
October 10, 2013
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...
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new energy efficiency standards today 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...
August 30, 2013
Just before Labor Day weekend, the Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed two strong new energy-saving standards for commercial refrigeration equipment, which would make it cheaper for store owners to keep the drinks and food Americans buy for...
August 23, 2013
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...