DOE releases energy-saving rules for federal buildings, proposes new standards for consumer appliances
WASHINGTON DC- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced new building energy code requirements for federal buildings that will save taxpayers money and ensure the federal government gives the example of energy efficiency. The DOE is also proposing new standards for home air conditioners and pool heaters to help consumers save on their utility bills. When American households buy more than seven million room air conditioners each year – critical pieces of equipment to help communities cope with increasingly common and extreme heat events – the potential benefits to households from these proposed standards are immense. .
Together, the DOE estimates that the new codes and proposed standards announced today have the potential to save more than $15 billion in net costs over the next 30 years. They will also potentially save 2.2 quadruples of energy, equivalent to the energy consumption of 13 million households in one year, and reduce emissions equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 14.4 million. homes over a 30-year period. This builds on the priorities of President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which includes an unprecedented $225 million for state and local energy code implementation.
“The Biden administration is leading by example to reduce energy use and reduce its carbon footprint by adopting the latest building standards that reduce operating costs and therefore save taxpayers money,” said we Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. “In addition to the appliance standards proposed today for U.S. households, the DOE reiterates our commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions, improving our air quality, and keeping more money in the pockets of families at across the country.”
As of April 2023, all new buildings and major renovations constructed by the federal government must comply with the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers 2019 Standard 90.1 building energy codes. The DOE estimates that this measure will save $4.2 million in operating costs in the first year of implementation.
A recent DOE analysis found that implementing the latest IECC building energy codes by states would result in annual savings of $3.24 billion in energy costs for consumers. Residential buildings, including those built by the federal government, meeting IECC 2021, compared to buildings meeting IECC 2018, would result in national site energy savings of approximately 9%, energy at source by almost 9% and energy savings. cost savings of over 8%.
In addition to the federal building standards, the DOE is seeking stakeholder input on two proposed residential-focused rules for 60 days and will host a public meeting to solicit input from industry and energy efficiency stakeholders. :
- Energy saving standards for room air conditioners: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Revised Energy Standards for Room Air Conditioners, which the DOE estimates will save consumers up to $275 over the life of the product if finalized.
- Energy saving standards for consumer pool heaters: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Pool Heater Energy Standards, which the DOE estimates will save consumers of electric pool heaters more than $1,000 over the life of the product if finalized .
These regulations are the latest in an ambitious list of regulatory measures to reduce energy, costs and pollution from appliances, equipment and buildings. By the end of 2022, the Biden-Harris administration intends to finalize more than 100 proposed and final actions for device and equipment standards. Averaged over every household in America, the DOE conservatively estimates that these rules could collectively result in more than $100 in annual savings for every household this decade. The DOE’s preliminary analysis of the first 26 of these regulations estimates $224 billion in net savings on utility bills over the life of purchased products over a 30-year period. These rules are expected to result in nearly 40 quads of full fuel cycle energy savings and at least 1.1 billion metric tons of avoided carbon emissions – the equivalent of emissions from the electricity used in every household. American for almost two years, shutting down about 10 coal-fired power plants, or taking 7.9 million cars off the road in 30 years.
The mission of the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net greenhouse gas emissions. economy-wide zero greenhouse gases by 2050 at the latest, and ensuring the clean energy economy benefits all Americans, creating well-paying jobs for the American people, especially workers and communities impacted by the energy transition and those historically underserved by the energy system and overburdened by pollution.