Applaud New Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards

Target: U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz

Goal: Applaud new energy efficiency standards for microwave ovens in the United States

In the 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama urged America to cut its energy waste in half over the next two decades.  On May 31st the Department of Energy announced new energy efficiency standards for microwaves to take place in 2016, and although this appears to be a small step, the Department of Energy estimates that the new standards will save consumers $3 billion over the next 30 years. Standards that demand more efficient microwaves are important in continuing the path towards improved energy efficiency in all appliances and household implementations that affect energy consumption in the United States.

Microwave ovens are an obvious target to reduce energy waste; an estimated 90% of American homes have a microwave, so the new standards will affect a vast majority of Americans and reduce their energy usage and utility bills. Microwaves use more energy than laptops, clothes washers and dishwashers, and though other appliances like clothes dryers and water heaters typically use more energy than microwaves, energy reduction is a comprehensive process that requires improving all appliances in order to meet President Obama’s target.

The new standards will reduce the energy usage of microwaves in standby mode by 75% in microwaves without convection and by 51% in microwaves with convection. These new standards will not only save consumers money in utility bills, but will prevent 38 million metric tons of carbon pollution over the next 30 years. Improvements to microwave efficiency join 40 other energy standard improvements over the last four years that are estimated to save U.S. consumers up to $400 billion in utility bills in the next two decades. Based on the Economic Report of the President, the two new standby mode standards’ net benefits range from $4.2 to $4.6 billion when combined with the anticipated prevented greenhouse gas emissions. By signing this petition, you will thank Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, for his commitment to economic and environmental preservation through these new standards.


Dear Secretary Moniz,

I would like to thank you for facilitating the new energy standards for microwave ovens in the United States in accordance with President Obama’s plan to cut energy waste in half over the next twenty years. The new standards will prove effective in significantly reducing the utility cost to American consumers as well as energy consumption across the nation.

This is an important step in continuing the path towards an increasingly energy-efficient household in the United States.  I thank you for your commitment to leading Americans towards a future with significantly less energy waste.


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