Full Title: Advanced Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Policy Brief
Author(s): Jennifer Amann & Harvey Sachs
Publisher(s): American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACCEEE)
Publication Date: 07/2014
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Appliance, equipment, and lighting efficiency standards require products such as refrigerators, electric motors, and air conditioners to meet minimum efficiency requirements, thereby reducing energy use, saving purchasers money, and providing environmental benefits. Efficiency standards save consumers and businesses money by ensuring that cost-effective technological improvements become the norm in new products. Raising standards spurs innovation as manufacturers strive to both provide products meeting new standards at the lowest possible cost, and stretch to differentiate profitable new super-efficient products that exceed the new minimum. Overall, efficient products become more affordable and more widely available with these energy efficiency measures.