SACRAMENTO -- California’s energy efficiency regulators are are setting their sights on a new batch of products.
After decades of requiring that appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and big-screen televisions use ever less power, officials are now looking at more devices: video game consoles, set-top cable boxes, computers, various types of lighting and pool and spa pumps and motors.
“The simple fact is energy efficiency saves consumers money,” said Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission. “Since 1978, energy efficiency standards have saved California ratepayers $74 billion in electricity costs.”
The commission is starting the latest round of crafting efficiency standards by gathering information on 15 new products to make sure they consider the most up-to-date data.