A pat on the back for the ENERGY STAR brand was well deserved at this year’s Partners Meeting where attendees celebrated 20 years of the brand’s achievements in the market adoption of high efficiency products and billions of dollars and millions of metric tons of GHG emissions saved each year from ENERGY STAR products ($20 billion on utility bills and 195 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 alone!). Whether it was looking back at ENERGY STAR’s humble beginnings in 1992, or looking forward to the opportunities and challenges in deeper energy savings, the important role of energy efficiency for the environment and the economy was a key message. Continue reading
Future appliance standards could eliminate growth in residential sector energy use through 2035, according to an analysis conducted for the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2011.
While modest improvements to the efficiency of products “covered” by the federal appliance standards efficiency program will achieve sizable savings, by adopting more aggressive standards for the products currently covered and by adding new products to the program (i.e. set-top boxes and computers), the country could flat line residential energy growth over the next 20 years!
To achieve those aggressive levels, stakeholders from local and state governments, utility companies, grassroots advocacy organizations, etc. need to make their voices heard when the Department of Energy conducts their rulemakings. Visit the Appliance Standards section of NEEP’s website for more information.
ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007
— In the world of advanced building energy codes, it’s a major disappointment.
ASHRAE 90.2 is a Residential Energy Standard published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) that provides guidance for meeting minimum energy efficiency requirements in low-rise residential buildings (single family to multi-family). And in its current draft, 90.2 is under ASHRAE committee review.