Appliance Efficiency Standards

NCLC promotes the adoption of strong appliance efficiency standards, which reduce overall energy use and help lower costs for consumers while protecting the environment.

Policy  Analysis


Testimony and Comments

Group comments to the U.S. Dept. of Energy re: support of strong energy efficiency standards for residential furnace fans (EERE–2010–BT–STD–0011) from the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Jan. 23, 2014

NCLC and group comments to US Department of Energy re: Energy Conservation Program: Enforcement of Regional Standards for Residential Furnaces and Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps, February 6, 2012

Comments
regarding standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Reflector Lamps", Nov. 28, 2011

Additional Comments: Fluorescent Lamp Ballast NOPR, June 10, 2011

Comments: Fluorescent Lamp Ballast NOPR, June 8, 2011

NCLC Testimony to the House Sucommittee on Energy and Air Quality, hearing on "Achieving -- At Long Last -- Appliance Efficiency Standards", May 1, 2007

Comments: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Boilers submitted to DOE, Jan. 12, 2007

Comments: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Boilers submitted to DOE, November 2004

Comments: Proposal to Implement the New Orleans Energy Efficiency Programon behalf of AARP Louisiana State Office, 2004, PDF (236KB)

Letters

Group letter to US Department and US Office of Management and Budget in support of quickly finalizing and publishing updated energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers and dishwashers. February 1, 2012

Group letter to US Department of Energy and US Office of Management and Budget in support of quickly finalizing and publishing updated energy efficiency standards for battery chargers and external power supplies. February 13, 2012

Letter: Endorsing S. 398 re: improved appliance efficiency standards, April 25, 2011

Impact Litigation

NRDC v. DOE, Jan. 13, 2004: 2nd Circuit decision overturning DOE rollback of air conditioner efficiency standard

NRDC v. DOE, NCLC Brief

Additional Resources

The Efficiency Boom: Cashing in on the Savings from Appliance Standards by American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEE) and Appliance Standards Awarness Project (ASAP), March 2012

Consumer Federation of America and Consumer Union Guide for New Light Bulb Choices, December 2011

U.S. Sets First Regional Energy-Saving Standards for ACs and Furnaces, June 10, 2011

Bright Idea: New Energy-Efficient Lighting Standards, June 2011  

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