Energy Efficiency Aim of Proposed Appliance
Washington, DC Federal legislation that would hasten the market
introduction of super-efficient clothes washers and refrigerator/
freezers has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and is now being
considered by Congress.
The bill under consideration S.361, the “Resource Efficient
Appliance Incentives Act” would offer appliance manufacturers tax
credits for the production of appliances that significantly exceed
minimum federal efficiency requirements, while offering major new
water savings, according to the Association of Home Appliance
Manufacturers (AHAM), which has endorsed the proposed
According to AHAM, the legislation, if adopted into law, would
result in a savings of more than 200 trillion BTUs of energy per
year the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road.
“The bill, by encouraging the manufacture of super-efficient
washing machines, will reduce the amount of water necessary to wash
clothes by 870 billion gallons or approximately the amount of water
necessary to meet the needs of every household in a city the size
of Phoenix, for two years,” AHAM observed.
Aside from AHAM, the legislation is supported by several major
environmental organizations, the appliance group noted. The
proposal complements a historic agreement reached in 2001 by
appliance manufacturers and environmental groups on national
minimum efficiency standards for clothes washers.