What Do New Energy Compliance Standards Mean for You?
New energy compliance guidelines for the heating and cooling industry – described as “the largest energy-saving standards” in history – start to transition into effect this year.
Enacted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) these new guidelines, while set to be implemented over the next 30 years, are already starting to impact all facets of the air conditioning systems market. Here is a look at the top-down effect they will have on industry, businesses and homes.
- Equipment Manufacturers – The biggest initial impact of these changes is on the HVAC systems makers. Each company will have to ensure that its products meet the DOE’s minimum efficiency levels.
- Utility Companies – The next major impact will be on utilities. These companies will have to adjust programs and savings calculations offered to customers. Developing new efficiency programs and showing savings gets harder when the when the minimum efficiency bar gets higher.
- Commercial Structures – The first buildings that must adapt will be “low-rise” buildings like retail stores, educational facilities and mid-level hospitals.
- Building owners – The first wave of regulation-adherent air conditioning technology will be more efficient but is likely to bring higher price tags. Luckily costs will be offset by $3,700 in savings per RTU (Rooftop Air Handling Unit) when the owner replaces or retrofits the old equipment.
- Homeowners – Naturally these guidelines for energy-efficient air conditioning and heating systems will eventually impact homeowners in a variety of ways. But the goal – to improve efficiency and cut energy usage – will result in savings for homeowners over time.
Over the long term businesses and homeowners alike will benefit from the new DOE guidelines because the resulting heating and cooling systems will be smart investments. However, stricter energy standards result in less pollution and energy waste. They are a boon for us all.
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