With a pair of reports released today, efficiency advocates are making their case for more rules to ban the sale of energy-wasting appliances.
Existing national efficiency standards will cut Americans’ expenses by $1.1 trillion from now to 2035, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) that calls on the federal government to clamp down on electric water heaters, walk-in freezers and cable boxes.
Setting new standards for products such as those would save $165 billion more and offset about 7 percent of projected electricity needs nationwide in 2035, the report says. And without any standards at all, electricity consumption would be 14 percent higher…
- This report is from the people who want to rip-off consumers with needlessly expensive “energy efficient” consumer products.
- Although America has become slightly more energy efficient over time, this is due mostly to the changing nature of our economy and technology, and not energy efficiency standards/efforts per se.
- $1.1. trillion spread over 23 years is not a lot of money in a $14 trillion economy.
- There is no particular need to “save” electricity on a societal basis.