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Energy Department Issues New Appliance Efficiency Standards

October 18, 2005 - 12:21pm

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WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman announced that a final rule to codify fifteen energy efficiency standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment has been published in the Federal Register today.  These standards were established as part of the comprehensive energy bill signed by President Bush on August 8, 2005. 

"Improving America's energy efficiency has always been a key goal of this Administration's energy policy," Secretary Bodman said.  "These new standards will play an important role in helping to improve America's overall energy savings."

The rule announced today addresses the following items for which the Energy Policy Act of 2005 required certain standards:  fluorescent lamp ballasts; ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits; illuminated exit signs; torchieres; low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers; traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules; unit heaters; medium base compact fluorescent lamps; dehumidifiers; commercial prerinse spray valves; mercury vapor lamp ballasts; commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment; commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers; automatic commercial ice makers; and commercial clothes washers.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is continuing its work to increase the transparency and speed of the Appliance Standards process.  The Appliance Standards Program, a part of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, manages test procedures and energy conservation standards for consumer products and commercial equipment.

For more on the Department of Energy's Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program, visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/ or call DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy toll-free hotline at 1-877-EERE-INF (1-877-337-3463).  Consumer can visit http://www.energysavers.gov/ for easy ways to save energy, including the use of Energy Star® appliances.

Media contact(s):
Chris Kielich, 202/586-5806

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