NRCM News Release
September 1, 2022 (Augusta, ME) – New efficiency standards adopted today for certain residential and commercial appliances, plumbing, and lighting products will save Maine residents and businesses money, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
The new efficiency standards cover a wide variety of products, from computer monitors and commercial food service heating units to faucets, shower heads, and other similar plumbing fixtures. It is estimated that Maine households and businesses could realize $9 million in utility bill savings per year by 2025 and $36 million annually by 2035 as a result of the new standards, according to the Appliance Standards Awareness Project.
“Making our homes and businesses more efficient will save us money, reduce harmful air pollution, and make sure we’re not wasting precious water and energy resources,” said Jack Shapiro, NRCM’s Climate & Clean Energy Director.
At its September 1st meeting, the Board of Environmental Protection gave final approval to new standards first established last year by the Maine Legislature (LD 940) that align Maine’s appliance and product performance requirements with nation-leading efficiency regulations already in use in California.
Maine’s new efficiency standards will apply only to new products. No one will be required to replace an existing, less efficient appliance.