Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Advocates support water heater efficiency standards

Consumer, climate, and health advocates urged the U.S. Department of Energy to promptly finalize water heater efficiency standards.

Athel Rogers | Used by permission

On Thursday, consumer, climate, and health advocates called on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promptly finalize the water heater efficiency standards it proposed this July.

If finalized, the proposed standards will cut carbon dioxide emissions by an amount equivalent to those from 36 gas-fired power plants by mid century.

“In most homes, water heaters are the second biggest user of energy, said Johanna Neumann, senior director of the Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy at Environment America. “By embracing a transition away from outdated, inefficient water heating technology, America has the opportunity to take a giant leap toward a cleaner, greener future. We’d be foolish to pass that up.”

After the event, some advocates met with senior Department of Energy officials to hand over a letter signed by more than 140 organizations and more than 12,000 letters and petition signatures from members of the public supporting the proposal.

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