The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on April 1 that it has finalized higher energy efficiency standards for a key group of heating appliances that will together save consumers up to $10 billion and prevent up to 164 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the 30 years after they take effect.
The new standards apply to residential water heaters, pool heaters, and direct heating equipment such as gas fireplaces, increasing the stringency of the existing minimum conservation standards for these three types of residential heating products. The new standards will cut the energy use of large electric storage water heaters by 47 percent and of large gas-fired water heaters by more than 30 percent. The standards for water heaters will go into effect in 2015, while the standards for pool heaters and direct heating equipment — including gas-fired wall, floor and hearth heaters — will apply to products manufactured in 2013 and beyond. On average, these products account for about 18 percent of the energy use in U.S. homes.
Under the Obama Administration, DOE has accelerated the pace for finalizing new appliance standards and has placed new resources and emphasis behind the enforcement of these important standards. Since President Obama took office, DOE has issued or codified new efficiency standards for more than 20 different products, which will save consumers between $250 and $300 billion on their energy bills through 2030.
Learn more about the Appliances and Equipment Standards Program.