White House releases new guidelines for energy efficiency

In accordance with the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan – which aims to save billions on electrical expenses and drastically curb the country’s carbon dioxide emissions – the Department of Energy recently released two proposals for new guidelines that would help make commercial appliances more energy efficient for businesses. Although the announcement was two years in the making, the wait has proven to be worth it as these new suggestions, if adopted, could be extremely lucrative for both the environment and the country’s finances.

As The Washington Post reports, the new rules are targeted at commercial refrigeration equipment for use by restaurants and convenience stores, and walk-in coolers and freezers utilized by supermarkets. The proposals have spent nearly two years languishing in the Office of Management and Budget, but a group of lawmakers and environmentalists helped push the pair through to legislation.

By upgrading the efficiency capabilities of this equipment by 15 percent, American businesses could reap $28 billion in savings and reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 350 million metric tons over the next 30 years.

“This reduction in CO2 emissions would be the equivalent of taking nearly 109 million new cars off the road for one year,” Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, writes in the White House blog. “Or put another way, the energy saved from these proposed rules would be equal to the amount of electricity used by 50 million homes in a year.”

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