The Building Technologies Office (BTO) implements minimum energy conservation standards for more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment. As a result of these standards, American consumers saved $63 billion on their utility bills in 2015 alone. Since 2009, BTO has issued 44 new or updated standards, which are projected to save consumers $550 billion off their utility bills through 2030, and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2.4 billion metric tons. By 2030, cumulative operating cost savings from all standards in effect since 1987 will reach nearly $2 trillion, with a cumulative reduction of about 7.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 1.7 billion automobiles. Products covered by standards represent about 90% of home energy use, 60% of commercial building use, and 30% of industrial energy use.
The Appliance and Equipment Standards Program
- Provides information on its history and impacts, statutory authorities, regulatory processes, plans and schedules, and program reports and publications.
- Issues regulations for appliance and equipment standards and test procedures, and for implementation, certification, and enforcement.
- Issues waivers for appliance and equipment test procedures.
- Provides further guidance to aid in the implementation of certain regulations.
- Seeks the participation of the public in current rulemakings and notices, announces all public meetings and comment deadlines, provides information on how to participate, and explains how to access rulemaking dockets and documents.
- Supports the voluntary ENERGY STAR® program by working with the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure products that display the label meet Energy Star specifications.
- Collaborates with Natural Resources of Canada through the Regulatory Cooperation Council