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Possible Amended Energy Efficiency Standards for Clothes Washers, Test Procedures for Water Closets, Under Consideration

The U.S. Department of Energy has launched separate efforts to determine whether to amend the current mandatory energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers as well as the current energy test procedures for water closets and urinals.

Clothes Washers
Comments may be submitted by 3 September on whether amended standards for these products would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and are technologically feasible and economically justified. For example, parties may comment on whether there have been sufficient technological or market changes since the most recent update that may justify a new rulemaking to consider more stringent standards.

Water Closets and Urinals
Comments may be submitted by 4 September on whether to amend the energy test procedures for these products by conforming them to American Society of Mechanical Engineers/American National Standards Institute Standard A112.19.2–2018, ‘‘Ceramic plumbing fixtures,’’ including updates to terms and definitions, figures and tables. Input may also be submitted on ways to reduce regulatory burdens while ensuring the procedure is reasonably designed to produce results that measure water use or efficiency during a representative average use cycle or period of use.

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