DOE Energy Efficiency Standards Projected to Save Consumers $78B
Breaking Energy, January 13, 2015
On December 31, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced energy efficiency standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs), achieving its goal of finalizing 10 energy efficiency standards in 2014. Together, the 10 standards are expected to reduce emissions by more than 435 million metric tons and save approximately $78B on electricity bills through 2030.
According to DOE, the average annual use of GSFLs amounts to approximately 630 hours per household, 4,000 hours per commercial establishment, and 4,500 hours per industrial sector establishment. Through 2030, the GSFL standards are expected avoid 90 million metric tons of emissions and save more than $15B in electricity bills. The new GSFL standards support manufacturers that can meet the varying — up-to 10.5 percent — lumens/Watt efficiency increases, starting in 2018 (first compliance year).