Department of Energy Promotes New Efficiency Standards

Federal buildings, air conditioners, and swimming pool heaters included in proposals. 

The Energy Department on Wednesday announced a new series of energy efficiency standards to take effect in 2023. Beginning next year, all new federal buildings will comply with an International Energy Conservation Code. Any major retrofits to existing federal buildings would also be covered under the updated code. 

The DOE also announced new proposed energy efficiency standards for residential pool heaters and air conditioners. Combined with the building codes, the federal government estimated the proposals would save more than a net $75 billion over the next decade and eliminate the equivalent of 14.4 million homes’ carbon emissions. 

The department has already reversed a rule that exempted quick dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers from energy efficiency regulations. Officials are separately seeking to undo another exemption of certain lightbulbs from efficiency standards. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Granholm to seek God’s wisdom as she oversees new energy efficiency standards.
  • For discernment for U.S. energy officials as they seek to reduce carbon emissions.
  • That the president and his energy advisors would be led by the Lord as they pursue renewable energy.

Sources: The Hill, Wall Street Journal


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