WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today finalized Congressionally-mandated energy efficiency standards for residential cooking products that will reduce household utility costs while improving appliance reliability and performance. These standards—which reflect a joint recommendation from a wide range of stakeholders, including the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Consumer Federation of America, and energy efficiency advocates—will take effect in 2028 and are projected to save Americans approximately $1.6 billion on their utility bills over 30 years. Today’s announcement reinforces the long trajectory of consumer savings that DOE continues to deliver by regularly updating energy efficiency standards.
“President Biden is committed to using all the tools at the Administration’s disposal to lower costs for American families and deliver healthier communities—including energy efficiency measures like the one announced today,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE is dedicated to working together with our industry partners and stakeholders throughout 2024 to continue strengthening appliance standards, addressing a backlog of Congressionally-mandated energy efficiency actions that is delaying a projected $1 trillion in consumer savings from reaching the American people.”
The efficiency standards being adopted today for residential cooking products—which include electric and gas cooktop and oven ranges as well as stand-alone electric and gas cooktops and ovens—align with September 2023 recommendations from a diverse set of stakeholders, including manufacturers, the manufacturing trade association, energy, environmental, and consumer advocacy groups, states, and utility companies. The standards will not result in the loss of any consumer-desired features in future models, such as continuous cast-iron grates, high input rate burners, and other specialty burners. The energy savings over 30 years of shipments is 0.22 quadrillion British thermal units. DOE also expects the standards to decrease harmful carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 4 million metric tons cumulatively over 30 years—an amount roughly equivalent to the combined annual emissions associated with the energy use of 500,000 households.
The new standards will also require only a small portion of models to make modest improvements to their energy efficiency to match the level of efficiency already demonstrated by the majority of the market today. For example, approximately 97 percent of gas stove models and 77 percent of smooth electric stove models on the market already meet these standards. Compliance will be required by newly manufactured, including imported, models beginning January 31, 2028.
Saving American Families and Businesses Money
DOE projects that the energy efficiency standards advanced by the Biden-Harris Administration this term will together provide nearly $1 trillion in consumer savings over 30 years. DOE also estimates that these standards, once finalized, will cumulatively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.5 billion metric tons or more—an amount roughly equivalent to the emissions of 18 million gas-powered cars, 22 coal-fired power plants, or 10.5 million homes over 30 years.
For more information on cost-savings resources, consumers can utilize DOE’s Energy Savings Hub—an easy-to-use online resource consumers can use to access the benefits of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The website outlines clean energy tax credits and forthcoming rebates, helping people take control of their energy costs and have cleaner and more efficient options as a consumer—whether they’re looking to purchase an electric vehicle, update an appliance, or make their home safer and more comfortable. To learn how you can drastically cut your energy bills and keep money in your pocket, visit www.Energy.gov/Save.
DOE’s Building Technologies Office implements minimum energy conservation standards for more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment. To learn more, visit the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program homepage.