Manufacturers to Improve Appliance Efficiency, in Exchange for Concessions

In a surprise move, an appliance manufacturers group has teamed with energy efficiency and environmental groups to push for significantly beefed-up efficiency standards for refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, air conditioners and dishwashers.  Here’s why: Efficiency upgrades are bundled with:

  • The hope for a 3-year extension of the manufacturers’ tax credit
  • A petition this month to the ENERGY STAR program that asks for a 5% credit to the required energy levels for smart-grid enabled appliances
  • Recommendations that the Department of Energy improve test methods for dryers and refrigerators

The appliance group – the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers or AHAM – represents manufacturers that account for 95% of the major appliances shipped in the U.S., including:

  • Electrolux
  • General Electric
  • LG Electronics
  • Miele
  • Samsung
  • Sharp Electronics
  • Sub-Zero/Wolf
  • Viking Range
  • Whirlpool

See the AHAM’s press release here.

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