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New Efficiency Standards Set the Bar in California


The California Energy Commission is reported to set new energy-saving standards for a variety of products used in homes and businesses.


Late last month, interested parties were asked to submit standard proposals for a total of 15 products that could collectively save Californians about $1.2 billion annually on energy costs. It would also save as much water as the residents of San Diego uses in an entire year.


The Commission has found that “requiring all these products to use less electricity could alone avoid the need to build three medium-sized, 500-megawatt power plants.”


If implemented, the standards would reduce the money consumers and businesses use to pay for their utility. It’ll also help cut power-plant pollution.


The standards could come into effect as early as 2015 for the fifteen consumer electronics, lighting, water devices, and “miscellaneous” appliances. Products could include computers, video game consoles, dimming ballasts, LEDs, faucets, commercial clothes dryers, air filters, and swimming pools.


Source: GreenTech Media

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