Special Issue: The Efficiency Boom: Cashing In on Savings from Appliance Standards

March 8, 2012

New Report Shows HUGE Savings

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Have you ever considered how much cash you save on monthly utility bills because of more efficient appliances? You may have but it's unlikely you've tallied 15 years' worth of savings. ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) and ASAP have done it for you in their new report entitled: The Efficiency Boom: Cashing In on the Savings from Appliance Standards.The results might surprise you. An average homeowner will save close to $10,000 in utility bills in the next 15 years simply by buying appliances that meet the latest national efficiency standards. And if you consider the period from 1995 to 2040, the household savings grow to $30,000!


On a national level, the savings are equally astounding. Taking into account products sold from the inception of each national standard through 2035, existing standards will net consumers and businesses more than $1.1 trillion in savings cumulatively - that's more than the entire U.S. spent on hospital care in 2010. New and updated standards will add another $165 billion to the savings through 2035.


Through 2035, cumulative energy savings from existing standards will reach more than 200 quads, an amount equal to about two years of total U.S. energy consumption. Cumulative savings from new standards through 2035 will be around 42 quads. Annual CO2 emissions reductions from new and existing standards will reach about 670 million metric tons in 2035, an amount equal to the emissions of 167 average-sized coal-fired power plants.


Read more:Fact Sheet, Executive SummaryFull Report

Residential Water Heaters and Reflector Water HeaterLamps Top List of Energy Savers 


The report analyzes potential energy savings for 34 residential, commercial and lighting products. The top ten energy- saving products are listed below. For reference, the current U.S. annual energy consumption is 98 quads (quadrillion Btu).



     Product                             Cumulative quad savings

                                                               (through 2035)

  1. Residential electric water heaters                   4.1
  2. Incandescent reflector lamps                          3.9
  3. Residential air handlers                                  2.9
  4. Walk-in coolers and freezers                            2.4
  5. Distribution transformers                                  2.3
  6. Outdoor light fixtures                                       2.3
  7. Set-top boxes                                                  2.3
  8. Electric motors                                                1.9
  9. Computers and monitors                                 1.7
  10. Candelabra & intermediate base                    1.3
    incandescent lamps                  
Product Discussions
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The report provides brief discussions for each of the 34 products evaluated for this report. We describe the product, current standards, key market data, the standard level evaluated and the potential national benefits from adopting the new standard. For products subject to existing national or state standards, we show the years the current standard was enacted or adopted and took effect. We also show the potential adoption and effective dates for new national standards. 
Fun FactsGallon of water

The answer is b. The clothes washer standard is expected to save 160 billion gallons of water nationally in 2025 and 213 billion gallons of water in the year 2035. Add in the savings from the seven other water-using products highlighted in the report (dishwashers, faucets, toilets, automatic icemakers, commercial clothes washers, pre-rinse spray valves and urinals) and the gallons saved climb to nearly 430 billion in 2035. That's enough to meet the water needs of New York City for one year.

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Marianne DiMascio, Appliance Standards Awareness Project


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In This Issue
$1.1 Trillion in Savings
Cashing In on Savings from Appliance Standards
Top Ten Energy Savers
Product Discussions
What about State Standards?
Fun Facts
Link to The Efficiency Boom report for more savings info


Savings from Standards Graph
Link to nifty graphics on ASAP website
Find savings for your state 
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Link to the clickable map
What about State Standards?
Though the report focuses primarily on savings from national-level standards, it does touch on potential state standards. Eleven product categories are deemed suitable for state standards in 2013 and beyond: Computer equipment, faucets, game consoles, set-top boxes, TVs, toilets, fans, blowers & ventilation equipment, pumps, urinals, luminaires, and outdoor lighting. We'll follow up on state standards in future issues of Unplugged. For now, see Table 5 on page 11. 
Fun Facts
According to 'The Efficiency Boom', how much water will be saved in 2035 alone from just the clothes washer standards?


a. 168 billion

b. 213 billion

c. 90 billion

d. 781 million


See answer below