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ACEEE Shows Appliance Standards Are Reducing Pollution plus Saving the Nation Billions
Fortunately, when it comes to Energy Star certified products and new appliance standards we are good. I mean for equipment and lighting efficiency standards we good. Let’s get more LED bulbs. Furthermore, I mean Its gaining new momentum.
So private sector momentum for meeting these goals to reduce 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Of course, the efficiency gains that underlie such enormous CO2 reductions. They also drive huge energy and consumer dollar savings.
So ACEEE has the ASAP website to keep tabs on progress. Therefore, the Department of Energy (DOE) completed new standards. That’s for virtually every major household appliance. All within the past few years. That’s as well as for many commercial products.
So a significant share of the total savings to date also comes from standards enacted by Congress. All consequently as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. All including light bulb standards signed into law by President Bush and codified into regulations by DOE in 2009.
Yet here are 2017 and new numbers from Energy Star.
1. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses save nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions, equivalent to the annual emissions of over 600 million cars.
2. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save approximately 370 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $30 billion in energy costs, with associated emission reductions of 290 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, 190,000 short tons of sulfur dioxide, 180,000 short tons of nitrogen oxides, and 21,000 short tons of fine particulate matter (PM2.5).1,2
Furthermore, more than 90% of American households recognize the ENERGY STAR.3 So that means more than 700 utilities, state and local governments, and nonprofits leverage ENERGY STAR. Yup and all in their efficiency programs. Thereby reaching roughly 95% of households in all 50 states. Nationwide, utilities invested $7.9 billion in energy efficiency programs in 2017.4
5. Nearly 600,000 Americans are employed in manufacturing or installing ENERGY STAR certified appliances. I mean that’s also certified heating and cooling equipment or other non-certified efficient HVAC equipment. Consequently and part of an estimated 2 million energy efficiency jobs in 2018.5
ENERGY STAR products
To begin and In 2017, ENERGY STAR certified products helped consumers save 170 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. So you’re avoiding $18 billion in energy costs. You’re also achieving 130 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.1,2
In addition, Americans purchased more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products and more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs in 2017. Consequently and All for cumulative totals. Drum roll please: exceeding 6 billion products and more than 4 billion light bulbs. That means estimated annual market value of ENERGY STAR product sales is more than $100 billion in 2017 ALONE!
Then EPA sets definitions of efficiency leadership for more than 75 residential and commercial product categories. Currently more than 60,000 product models have earned the ENERGY STAR based on these rigorous criteria. Plus and with more than 2,800 product models. All from more than 170 manufacturers recognized as “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” in 2018.
Again and by choosing ENERGY STAR, a typical household can save about $575 on their energy bills. Plus they can still enjoy the quality and performance they expect.6
Also, about three-fourths of U.S. households report the ENERGY STAR label as influential in their purchasing decisions.3
Then 80% of purchasers would recommend ENERGY STAR products to a friend.3
a) Starting In 2017, the ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings helped businesses and organizations save 160 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. That’s avoid $9 billion in energy costs, and achieve 110 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.1,2
b) In 2018 alone, more than 270,000 commercial properties used EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool to measure, and track their energy use, water use, and/or waste and materials. These buildings comprise 26 billion square feet of floor space. I mean nearly a quarter of all the commercial floor space in the nation.
c) Over the past five years, the number of buildings actively using Portfolio Manager to benchmark their energy performance increased by more than 30%. In addition, the commercial building square footage actively benchmarked grew by over 40%. Very interestingly, more than 8,100 buildings earned the ENERGY STAR in 2018 ALONE! That’s bringing the total to more than 34,000.7
Let’s start with first of all, ENERGY STAR certified buildings use 35% less energy. Especially that’s less than typical buildings nationwide. I mean study after study shows ENERGY STAR certified buildings command a premium of up to 16%. Yes folks for sales prices and rental rates.8
Now, most interestingly and as of the end of 2018, 29 local governments, three states, and one Canadian province rely on EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® tool. Again, most noteworthy that’s the foundation for their energy benchmarking and transparency policies.
ENERGY STAR for industrial plants in 2017 went big. I mean the ENERGY STAR program for industrial plants helped businesses saved 34 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. We are talking about avoiding $3 billion in energy costs. Thus achieving 40 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.1,2
Now as of 2018, 31 diverse industrial sectors work with ENERGY STAR. They do it to strategically manage their energy use. We are talking from cookie and cracker bakeries. Then we have from pharmaceutical plants to integrated steel mills and petroleum refineries.
Finally, 100 additional industrial plants earned the ENERGY STAR in 2018. Also, 41 industrial plants achieved energy intensity reductions. That’s in the 2018 ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry campaign.
In 2017, the ENERGY STAR certified new homes program alone helped homeowners save 3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. That’s avoid $400 million in energy costs. As well as achieving 3 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.1,2
More than 98,000 ENERGY STAR certified single-family homes and multifamily units were built in 2018 alone. Coming to a a total of nearly 2 million homes since 1995.
As of 2018, 90% of the nation’s top home builders built ENERGY STAR certified homes. As well as nearly one out of every ten single-family homes. Yes folks and most noteworthy built in 2018 alone. As a result, all were ENERGY STAR certified.
In addition, ENERGY STAR certified homes are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code. Thereby achieving a most noteworthy 20% improvement on average. Finally and most importantly, that’s all the while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort.
Furthermore, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR partners completed 83,000 energy efficiency improvement projects. Most noteworthy, all on existing homes in 2018 ALONE!
So the majority of data cited is from 2018. In cases where 2018 data is not yet available, 2017 data is used. All instances are noted as such.
1. Estimated energy cost savings represent the present value of net energy cost savings. It’s calculated by taking the difference between total energy bill savings and the incremental additional investment in energy-efficient technologies and services.
2. Estimates of contributions to emission reductions do not account for overlapping impacts of regulatory programs and may be affected by other dynamics on the electrical grid. ???? So I really didn’t get that one USDOE!
3. EPA Office of Air and Radiation, Climate Protection Partnerships Division. (2017). National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® for 2016: Analysis of 2016 CEE Household Survey. http://energystar.gov/awareness.
Finally and per the USEER Report, energy efficiency jobs, “include the manufacture of ENERGY STAR®-labeled products. That’s as well as building design and contracting services that provide insulation. As well as improving natural lighting and reducing overall energy consumption across homes and businesses. Most interestingly, the survey does not account for retail employment.
6. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (2016). Typical House Estimates. Prepared for EPA Office of Air and Radiation, Climate Protection Partnerships Division.
7. Data as of 9/26/2018. In addition and on August 26, 2018. It seems that EPA updated performance metrics for U.S. buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® based on the most recent market data available.
In conclusion and on September 27, 2018, EPA implemented a review period. All to solicit feedback on the application. Especially of those models to various commercial building sectors and the resulting scores. During this period, EPA temporarily suspended awarding certifications. That’s for all U.S. property types with new score models. I DON’T GET THAT!
8. Boston Green Ribbon Commission. (2012). Benchmarking and Disclosure: Lessons from Leading Cities, Boston Green Ribbon Commission.