Commercial Clothes Washer Standards Proposed

The Department of Energy proposed February 24 standards for commercial clothes washers that would require them to be 15 percent more efficient and would save consumers nearly $1 billion over 30 years. The rule is subject to a 60-day public comment period.

Refrigeration Standards Finalized

The Department of Energy released a final rule February 28 tightening efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration. The final rule shows a nearly three-fold savings increase to customers compared to the September draft version, saving between $4.93 billion and $11.74 billion by 2047.

Commercial Refrigeration Efficiency Standards

The Department of Energy announced February 28 new energy efficiency standards for refrigerators, freezers, and other commercial refrigeration equipment. The final rule, which becomes effective in 2017, will make the average commercial unit about 30 percent more efficient and will save businesses $11.7 billion over 30 years.