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ENERGY STAR's Lamp Program Revision Process Switches On

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:11 -- MrGreen

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began the process of revising the current ENERGY STAR Lamp program specifications. It’s anticipated that the new version 2 specification will be completed in June of this year.

The program’s product scope is limited to lamp types that are intended to replace incandescent bulbs. Lamps must have integrated ballasts and drivers with rated nominal operating voltages of 120, 240, and 270 VAC, or 12 or 24 VAC or VDC. They should also conform to ANSI standard base types E26, E26d, E17, E11, E12, GU24, GU5.3, and GX5.3.

U.S. DOE Fires up the Heat on Boiler Efficiency

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:53 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to revise the current efficiency standards for residential boilers.

A boiler is a hydronic system that uses water or steam to heat one's home. In a hot water system, a circulator moves the hot water through pipes that lead to baseboard heaters, radiators or radiant tubing. In a steam system, steam rises through the pipes to radiators.

Computer Efficiency Proposal "Boots Up" in California

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:30 -- MrGreen

Last week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) published their long-awaited computers and displays proposed energy efficiency requirements. According to the CEC, computers, monitors, and displays account for approximately five percent of California's commercial and residential electricity consumption. The commission believes the standards could save 2,702 GWh per year, reducing consumer and business electricity costs by up to $430 million annually.

European Commission Revisits Television and Display Efficiency

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:27 -- MrGreen

What do televisions, computer displays, and digital picture frames have in common?

If a recently published Ecodesign Directive Working Draft gets approved, they could all be regulated by the same European energy efficiency standard.

Tighter U.S. Standards for General Service Lamps?

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:16 -- MrGreen

The future could get brighter using less power for U.S. consumers if the Department of Energy (DOE) decides to pass tougher General Service Lamp (GSL) standards.

EPA Shines Light On Luminaire Specification Revision

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:39 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published the first draft of its ENERGY STAR Luminaires specification, version 2. The specification focuses on residential lighting products such as accent, cove, outdoor, and desk task lights as well as downlights and undercabinet luminaires.

The primary goals for version 2 are:

EPA Finalizes 2015 Most Efficient Criteria

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 09:57 -- MrGreen

The U.S. EPA recently announced the final efficiency requirements for their 2015 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient (ME) program. Now in its fifth year, the program identifies the "crème de la crème" in energy efficiency for 12 consumer products found in the average U.S. home.

The 2015 program is expected to deliver significant energy savings compared to conventional products, as shown in the table below.