Based on the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (EEIA) enacted by Congress earlier this year, the Department of Energy has now updated its regulations to define a new product class for “grid-enabled water heaters.” That’s good news. These are electric resistance household water heaters with communication and control capability that allow utilities to use … Read more

For those of us working toward smarter, cleaner, cheaper water heating for households, there’s a lot happening in Washington, D.C. With about 15 percent of U.S. household energy use going to heat the water we use to wash dishes and take showers, even small improvements make a big difference. First, new energy efficiency standards for water heaters … Read more

I had the pleasure of testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce —  Subcommittee on Energy and Power last week. The topic was proposed legislation to grant “grid-enabled water heaters” a carefully designed exemption from the strong and important federal energy efficiency standards for water heaters that take effect next … Read more

Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are within reach for new manufactured homes in America following a strong consensus agreement reached by the Manufactured Housing Working Group. (The U.S. Department of Energy established the Working Group earlier this year, with the expectation that diverse stakeholders were willing and able to work together, to … Read more

The federal government yesterday issued new efficiency standards for the electricity distribution transformers that bring power to every U.S. home and business. The new standards are an important step in the right direction, although far greater savings are achievable. To achieve the maximum cost-effective energy savings, DOE will need to revisit the standards in the … Read more