Appliance standards can contribute substantially to reducing CO2 emissions. Furthermore, appliance standards can allow for faster decarbonization of the electric grid at a lower cost and help ensure that electrification efforts do not overburden the grid, all while providing large savings for consumers and businesses. For this report, we estimated the potential CO2 reductions, utility bill savings, and peak demand reductions from updated efficiency standards for 47 products. We also describe how additional savings could be achieved by adding new products to the national appliance standards program and improving test procedures.
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Mauer, J., and A. deLaski. 2020. A Powerful Priority: How Appliance Standards Can Help Meet U.S. Climate Goals and Save Consumers Money. Washington, DC: ACEEE; Boston: ASAP. aceee.org/research-report/a2001.