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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.


Category: Appliances


Wine chillers Will See Huge Efficiency Gains With New Standards

Appliance Standards Awareness Group, Oct. 4, 2016, by Joanna Mauer.

"Today, the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a direct final rule establishing the first-ever efficiency standards for wine chillers. The new standards, which were negotiated by manufacturers and efficiency advocates, will reduce wine chiller energy use by 75% relative to the least efficient products on the market."

Next Generation Standards: How the National Energy Efficiency Standards Program Can Continue to Drive Energy, Economic, and Environmental Benefits

ACEEE, Aug. 4, 2016, by Andrew deLaski, Joanna Mauer, et. al.

"Appliance, equipment, and lighting standards have been among the most effective energy efficiency policies, delivering increased savings over multiple rounds of standards for many products. But how much more can be accomplished? What is the potential for additional savings from future standards, specifically for the presidential administration that begins in 2017? This report estimates the savings opportunities from updates to existing standards. We also offer five strategic recommendations for improving the national standards program and further increasing savings."

Why Computers Must Sleep

Motherboard, Jan. 23, 2016, by Emanuel Maiberg.

"Do computers dream of electric sheep? Not unless we program them to, but the important thing is that they're sleeping in the first place. Idle electronics may waste as much as $19 billion in energy costs annually in the United States, according to study from the National Resource Defense Council."

The Amazing Drop in Home Appliance Energy Use

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Jan. 15, 2016, by Marianne DiMascio.

"Appliance efficiency has increased remarkably over the past several decades.... The decline in energy use parallels the rise of appliance efficiency standards, first at the state level, and then at the federal level."

Using Less Energy to Keep Drinks Cold

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Aug. 5, 2015, by Joanna Mauer.

"Late yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new standards that would reduce the energy consumed by beverage vending machines to keep drinks cold. The proposed standards would cut energy use by 25-65% relative to the least-efficient machines available now, and save money for schools, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses and institutions where beverage vending machines are used."

Slash Plug Loads in 6 Steps

Buildings, Jan. 2015, by Janelle Penny.

"Plug loads are becoming one of the fastest growing end uses of energy, the New Buildings Institute warns, and their drain on energy budgets is on the rise. [Plug load] includes any devices that plug into a building’s electrical system. In a typical office, the worst offenders are desktop equipment such as computers, monitors, and printers, notes Suzanne Foster Porter, director of research and technical services for ECOVA, an energy and sustainability management firm. Small offices also see a disproportionate amount of their plug load stemming from IT closets and computer rooms."

Gaming Consoles Deliver Excitement, Value for the Energy Buck

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Dec. 2014, by Clay C. Perry.,-Value-for-the-Energy-Buck.aspx

"An EPRI research team compared the energy consumption of the Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation®4 (PS4), and the Nintendo Wii U consoles while running the popular game Call of Duty®: Ghosts. In a head-to-head, hour-long test – the Wii U consumed 30 watt-hours (Wh) of electricity. Xbox One measured in at 105 Wh, and PS4 weighed in at 124 Wh."

Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

U.S. DOE, EERE, Building Technologies Office, Appliance & Equipment Standards, Jan. 12, 2015.

"DOE published a Federal Register notice of comment period extension for the notice of data availability regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 80 FR 1477 (January 12, 2015). The comment period has been extended until February 25, 2015."

New Standards to Improve Efficiency of Clothes Washers in Laundromats and Apartments

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 8, 2014, by Joanna Mauer.

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will reduce the energy and water use of commercial clothes washers, which are used in laundromats and multi-family buildings."

DOE Denies Petition; AHRI Sues Over Rule

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Oct. 13, 2014, by Jen Anesi.

"On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) denied a petition from Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and Lennox Intl. Inc. that asked the government agency to reconsider its June 3 final rule establishing energy-conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF). AHRI and Lennox, who argued the final rule was promulgated unfairly and contained nearly unattainable efficiency standards, filed the petition for reconsideration on July 30 in hopes the DOE would review its WICF final rule without the need for court intervention."


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