Future appliance standards could eliminate growth in residential sector energy use through 2035, according to an analysis conducted for the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2011.
While modest improvements to the efficiency of products "covered" by the federal appliance standards efficiency program will achieve sizable savings, by adopting more aggressive standards for the products currently covered and by adding new products to the program (i.e. set-top boxes and computers), the country could flat line residential energy growth over the next 20 years!
To achieve those aggressive levels, stakeholders from local and state governments, utility companies, grassroots advocacy organizations, etc. need to make their voices heard when the Department of Energy conducts their rulemakings. Visit the Appliance Standards section of NEEP's website for more information.