Department of Energy: Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Washers
GAO-12-808R: Jun 26, 2012
GAO reviewed the Department of Energy's (Energy) new rule on energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers. GAO found that (1) the final rule amends the energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, (EPCA) prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential clothes washers. EPCA also requires Energy to determine whether amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. Energy has determined that amending the energy conservation standards for these products would result in significant conservation of energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified, and therefore is amending the standards; (2) Energy complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.