Great U.S. Energy Savings from New Standards...But

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Last Sunday (January 28) was the day that the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy efficiency standard for automatic commercial ice makers went into effect. The updated and wider applied standard for U.S. business is expected to save $942 million in energy costs over the next 30 years.

Owners of new, more energy efficient ice makers should see energy savings of $200 to $800 over the life of the machine, not startling each month, but with all thew automatic ice cube machine across the U.S. a big saving in electricity. Nationwide the new standard is predicted to cut energy use by19 billion kWh, which is equivalent to the energy used by 1.7 million U.S. homes annually.
 
Apart from the ice makers, clothes washers to got an energy efficiency boost effective from January 1, along with rooftop air conditioners that are used to heat or cool more than half the commercial floor space in the United States. There is also a new standard since last week for fluorescent tube lights, used in many U.S. offices, schools, and hospitals.

Added to these improved energy efficiency standards from June 13 this year, all battery chargers sold in the United States will have to improve energy efficiency by 10%. These are not industrial battery chargers but ones used for gadgets such as electric toothbrushes, laptops, cordless drills, and scores of other devices. This will save a substantial amount of power each year.

These changes come about due to a little-known federal energy efficiency standards programme, which has been silently been saving trillions of dollars for Americans over the past 30 years.

Of course these improving energy efficiency standards have saved money, energy but also combated climate change and air pollution.

This sounds like a win-win, a no-brainer - but….and there’s always a but now for the DOE…although this standards programme has been huge success, and brought results of all sorts with an incredible future potential for further savings and innovation, but the Trump administration has already failed to publish many new energy efficiency standards.

Under the current administration the U.S. DOE has missed legally required deadlines for other standards, by changing the Regulatory Agenda, which sets timetables for when the agencies will act to develop regulations, they have indefinitely delayed development of 20 energy efficiency standards.

Categories: General, Reviews, Technology

Wednesday 31st January 2018


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