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Biden Anti-Consumer Crusade Targets 4 More Types Of Appliances

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The impact of Biden’s appliance regulations in 2023 and the potential consequences of such regulations in future years has remained a pressing concern for many across the industry.

The Biden administration has launched various regulatory attacks on appliances, such as gas stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, washing machines, and furnaces.

The regulations have been criticized for prioritizing climate change goals over consumer interests, leading to longer cleaning times, reduced performance, increased costs, and potential safety risks.

Republican Lawmakers are currently taking steps to challenge such regulations.

“The House of Representatives has passed bills preemptively rescinding any stove regulations and is considering doing the same for other appliances,” the report noted.

• 1. Dishwashers: “Dishwashers may already be the most over-regulated appliance, having been subjected to four rounds of successively tighter limits on the amount of energy and water they can use. These DOE regulations are the reason dishwashers now take two hours or more to clean a load of dishes, up from about one hour for models predating the federal standards.”

• 2. Air Conditioners: “Residential central air conditioners are being hit by regulations from both DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the cumulative impact is large and still growing. A new DOE efficiency standard that took effect in 2023 is boosting the installed cost of a new unit by $1,000 or more. And climate change measures coming from EPA in 2024 will both raise the cost of refrigerants needed to repair existing systems while further increasing prices for new models.”

• 3. Washing Machines: “Like dishwashers, washing machines have endured tighter and tighter water and energy use limits in 1994, 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2018. They now use so little water that homeowners have had to improvise to get clothes clean. Some have learned to add a bucket or two of water midcycle to improve performance, while others risk voiding the warranty by tinkering with their machines to increase the flow.”

• 4. Furnaces: “No two homes are exactly alike, which is why it makes sense to allow a wide variety of furnaces on the market. But DOE doesn’t see it that way, and its recently finalized efficiency standard for furnaces effectively outlaws the kind of natural gas furnaces that make the most sense for millions of homeowners.”

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