Blog Post | May 2, 2004

Home Air Conditioner Standard to Improve 30% in 2006

A three-year legal wrangle over residential central air conditioner efficiency standards was resolved in April when the air conditioning industry and the Department of Energy decided not to pursue further legal action on this issue. As a result, the original Department of Energy Rule, set at SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) 13 in January 2001, will go into effect in January 2006.


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Press Release | April 2, 2004

ACEEE Welcomes DOE Announcement: SEER 13 Air Conditioner Standard Now Final

Washington, D.C. — Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will not appeal a ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that established a minimum-efficiency standard for residential central air conditioners of SEER 13 (SEER is Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio—a measure of air conditioner efficiency). This follows a decision last month by air conditioner manufacturers not to appeal the decision. The new standard will take effect in January 2006.

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Press Release | March 17, 2004

ACEEE Applauds Acceptance of SEER 13 Air Conditioner Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) announced today that it welcomed the acceptance by the air-conditioning industry of SEER 13 as the federal efficiency standard for residential central air conditioners, to be effective in January 2006. The current federal standard is SEER 10, which took effect in 1992. (SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.)

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Press Release | December 19, 2003

ACEEE's Tips for Gifts That Keep on Giving

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 'Tis the season to remember others. As you select holiday gifts for those special people on your list, remember that energy-efficient products give back extra benefits throughout the year. And with energy prices going up as the temperatures go down in many places, this could be the best year yet to give the gift of energy efficiency. Your friends and family will save on their energy bills and we'll all enjoy a cleaner, healthier environment. With this in mind, ACEEE presents tips for holiday gifts that keep on giving!

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Press Release | October 20, 2003

New Consumer Guide Can Help Prevent High Heating Bills

Washington, D.C. — Facing this winter's high heating bills can be a lot less painful for consumers who turn for help to the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings. The 8th edition of this popular guide published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) was released today just in time to combat declining temperatures and rising concerns about winter heating bills.

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Press Release | April 11, 2003

ACEEE Recognizes The Nation's Top Energy Efficiency Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is pleased to announce its new report profiling 63 energy efficiency programs selected from around the country for their "best practices." These 63 programs are spread across 20 different program categories, ranging from commercial new construction to residential lighting. ACEEE selected these programs from over 130 programs nominated in a national search.

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Press Release | August 19, 2002