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February 5th, 2009
01:42 PM ET

Presidential Memo on Making Appliances More Fuel Efficient

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Suzanne Malveaux
CNN White House Correspondent

Here are some key points on the Presidential Memorandum:

The President is taking action this week to bring greener, more efficient appliances to American consumers.

He will be signing a Presidential Memorandum requesting the Dept of Energy to finalize new rules to improve the efficiency of over 30 product categories – from dishwashers to ovens and air conditioning units. The PM also requests the DOE to give a high priority to developing new standards for other products that provide the most energy savings bang for the buck.

Appliance and equipment efficiency standards have been one of the most successful policies used to save energy.

This action will save American families money and result in significant energy savings over the next 30 years – – in fact enough energy savings to run all existing coal plants in the U.S. for two years. In addition, using less energy means lower greenhouse gas emissions so this action helps us tackle climate change as well.

These greener standards spur more investment in energy efficiency and pay for themselves many times over. It’s a win for consumers, a win for the economy and a win for the environment. “

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. jim Fallbrook CA

    They have been making appliances more energy efficient for over 20 years. I don't think they can do much better. We have other problems like border security, middle east situation and the recession and his lower approval ratings. If his ratings get any lower, he will be the black version of Jimmy Carter.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    In their pursuit of more energy efficient appliances (the ones with the Energy Star on them) Obama's group ought to see if they can get the price of these products competitive with the ones that aren't Energy Star rated. There is quite a bit of price difference there now.

    February 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  3. Stan

    Would someone tell this guy the world is heading into a depression, please.
    don't you need a house in order to use reduced energy appliances?
    And just for kicks what is the implementation date December 2050?
    didn't Clinton sign something like this for automobiles? or was that Carter?

    Stan woodstown new jersey

    February 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  4. Katarina

    Well finally! Thank you Obama. I'm tired of using appliances that are not even used in Europe anymore. The standard in Europe is much higher, in other words the US is way behind, it is about time to think more "green", and stop being lazy America. Big and comfortable is not always better (compare cars Europe/America). In Europe nobody drives automatic!

    February 5, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  5. Cindy

    UMM...I thought that all appliances already were energy and fuel efficient. At least where I bought mine they were. Anyone can look on the appliance and it tells you on the Energy Guide label if it is or not so why is this now top priority for Obama? He needs to worry about the economy and deal with this lesser stuff later!

    Cindy...Ga.

    February 5, 2009 at 2:09 pm |