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ENERGY STAR Criteria for Clothes Washers Review of Market Impact Analysis of Potential Changes Bill McNary D&R International August 31, 2004. Impetus for Clothes Washer Criteria Discussion.

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ENERGY STAR Criteria for Clothes Washers

Review of Market Impact Analysis of Potential Changes

Bill McNary

D&R International

August 31, 2004


Impetus for clothes washer criteria discussion
Impetus for Clothes Washer Criteria Discussion

  • On January 1, 2007, the Federal standard will increase to a minimum Modified Energy Factor (MEF) of 1.26 from the current minimum MEF of 1.04.

  • Discussions are necessary to insure that the criteria will:

    • Provide differentiation between ENERGY STAR qualified products and products just meeting the Federal standard.

    • Provide an economic incentive for consumers, utilities, and other stakeholders to invest in the ENERGY STAR program.

  • DOE also wants to examine ways that the ENERGY STAR clothes washer criteria might provide significant water savings.




Mef qualified models at various levels
MEF – Qualified Models at Various Levels

*ENERGY STAR Product Database, D&R International, August 20, 2004


Water factor issue
Water Factor Issue

  • Currently neither the Federal standard nor the ENERGY STAR clothes washer criteria contain any limits on water consumption.

  • Although there is a correlation between an increase in MEF and a decrease in water consumption, there are exceptions.

  • 16 current ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers actually use more water per year than the average non-qualified clothes washer.

  • States and water utilities are hesitant to promote ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers without guaranteed water savings.


Qualified products available scenarios
Qualified Products Available - Scenarios

Minimum MEF

Maximum Water Factor

ENERGY STAR Product Database, D&R International, August 20, 2004



Potential water savings
Potential Water Savings

Assumes tub capacity of 2.7 cubic feet


Discussion
Discussion

  • The upcoming January 1, 2007 Federal standard change for clothes washers necessitates a reexamination of the ENERGY STAR clothes washer criteria.

  • DOE welcomes comments about MEF levels and/or water factor today and by September 17, 2004.

  • Any written comments may be submitted to Richard Karney at [email protected]


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