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February 20, 2002

California Sets Tough Air-Conditioner Efficiency Standard

The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced last week that it has adopted the nation's toughest energy efficiency standard for central air conditioners. The new standard is 30 percent better than the existing federal standard. It is also 10 percent better than the proposed new federal standard, so it will require a waiver from the federal government to be enacted into law. In addition, the CEC adopted new state standards for commercial refrigerators, beverage vending machines, exit signs, traffic signals, torchiere lighting fixtures, coin-operated clothes washers, and electrical transformers. See the CEC press release.

New homebuyers want energy-efficient appliances, according to a survey commissioned by Sears, Roebuck and Company. The survey found that despite 70 percent of prospective homebuyers claiming to want energy-efficient appliances, only half of U.S. homebuilders provide them. Sears, of course, sells a number of energy-efficient appliances. See the Sears press release.