Biden Wants To Ban What Now?

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( – On Friday the Department of Energy (DOE) released its latest regulatory proposal which would implement more regulations on electric heat pump water heaters. As they point out in the proposal this switch is going to have a big impact in reducing carbon emissions and is going to lead to more consumer savings for the average American.

However, many of the cheaper water heaters that are currently on the market will need to be removed as they will not meet the new energy-efficient standards that will be set. Jennifer Granholm, the Energy Secretary, pointed out that the department had cooperated both with stakeholders and industry partners in making this decision and updating the efficiency standards of household applications. She proceeded to say that the consumer savings that will be achieved through this switch is one of the key goals of Bidenomics and that the Biden administration has been taking actions to help reduce the energy costs for families across the country.

The regulations are expected to go into effect in 2029, and within 30 years will achieve a reduction in emissions of 501 million metric tons, while also helping Americans save around $198 billion within that time frame. The new rule would mean that higher-efficiency heaters with heat pump technology would need to be used.

Water heating makes up around 13 percent of annual residential energy use and utility cost.

The DOE has spent the past few months introducing a series of regulations that target different household appliances including gas stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners, and clothes washers.

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