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

Unfortunately, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has proposed slashing the Energy Star budget by over $10 million, or about 30 % for the rest of this year. That puts the program, and the benefits it delivers, at severe risk. Since its launch in 1992, Energy Star has earned great consumer recognition and credibility, and … Read more