Report: Biden could slash carbon pollution, energy costs with efficiency standards

(ACEEE blog, 17 Nov 2020) Washington, DC—The Biden administration could slash carbon emissions and save the average American household $230 annually on utility bills by 2035 through strengthening energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment, according to a new report by the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Researchers estimated the potential of the Department of Energy (DOE) setting or strengthening standards for 47 products, such as water heaters and refrigerators, over the next several years. They found that these updates could cut carbon emissions over the next three decades by an amount equivalent to eliminating at least 13 coal-fired power plants.

“We have good news for a president-elect who pledged to set aggressive new appliance standards: he’ll significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce utility bills,” said Steven Nadel, ACEEE executive director. “Strong new appliance standards are imperative for the climate. We have to get more-efficient appliances and equipment in place quickly, and the Biden administration can get started from day one.”

Joanna Mauer, ASAP technical advocacy manager and lead report author, said, “Standards have already made these products more efficient, but the technology keeps advancing and the standards have fallen behind.” She added: “Whether it’s water heaters or furnaces, if we keep installing models that use yesterday’s less-efficient technology, we’ll lock in needless energy costs and carbon emissions for decades to come. Strengthening standards ensures everyone has lower costs.”

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