Liberals get blamed for a lot of unpleasant things in America, but the Department of Energy has been looking for ways to reduce energy usage. Since liberals control the Department right now, it’s fair to argue that their desire to improve energy standards is leading to some everyday items becoming obsolete. Here are 11 everyday things that you may have to say goodbye to.
The appliance that kicked up quite a stir stems from a study released in December 2022.
In that study, researchers raised a concern that’s been known for decades – that gas stoves could cause health risks, including childhood asthma.
The debate has been framed as liberals trying to take away another good, reasonable thing from conservatives. But really, it’s rich liberals on the coasts that tend to own gas stoves. So they stand to lose the most if gas stoves are ever actually banned.
The federal government has mandated that lights produce more light energy than they use.
That means that lights must make at least 45 lumens per watt. As a result, halogen and incandescent bulbs are out and more energy-efficient LED bulbs are in.
While it’s easy to angry at ‘liberals’ or the government for mandating that we stop using these old, inefficient bulbs, LEDs last longer.
Switching to them (which becomes mandated in August 2023) will actually help you save money on your electrical bill each month.
When New York City tried to ban sugary sodas larger than 16 ounces, the rule instantly got nicknamed, ‘the Soda Ban.”
While then-Mayor Bloomberg’s attitude may have been good, people didn’t want him telling them what they could or couldn’t drink.
The ban was rejected in court, so drink up.
Air Conditioning Units
In many parts of the country, air conditioning is a must. As the climate warms, people will only want to keep their homes colder.
But the Department of Energy proposed rules that would increase energy efficiency requirements on window air conditioning units.
New units will have to produce more cooling ability per unit of energy they use. This could cause prices to go up and make older AC units outdated and even potentially obsolete.
Conservative news outlets are having a field day telling viewers and readers that President Biden isn’t just coming for their gas stoves.
He’s coming for their fridges too.
The same standards on energy efficiency that apply to washing machines and dryers are going to be applied to refrigerators. All three appliances will be forced to use less energy in an attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the next 30 years.
Around the world, countries are producing and embracing electric vehicles. But California is taking it one step further.
The state is requiring all new cars sold in 2035 and beyond to be zero-emission. That means all new cars sold in Cali past that date will have to be hybrid, battery or electric.
Say goodbye to new gas-powered vehicles and even higher gas prices in a state where they already soar.
The Department of Energy proposed new standards for gas furnaces in peoples’ homes on the grounds that those standards hadn’t been updated for more than 30 years.
They argue that improving to new furnaces will save consumers nearly $2 billion every year. And, that over 30 years, the new standards would reduce carbon emissions by the equivalent of what 61 million homes emit in a year.
That sounds like a long time to achieve those savings. And, it means an expensive upgrade for many Americans.
The same rule affecting dishwashers affects washing machines. So, if you’ve been using short cycles for small loads of laundry, get ready for a change.
New washing machines will soon have to be programmed with only longer cycle times.
Dryers weren’t immune from the rule impacting washing machines and dish washers.
Gone is the ability to run a short cycle for a pair of socks on new dryers, soon.
That’s probably a good thing though, as being more efficient and planning out your laundering will help you save money each month.
The kind of water heaters used in hotels and restaurants are being forced to change this year.
The Department of Energy is requiring them to use condensing technology. That kind of tech reduces the amount of energy water heaters use by taking extra energy from the heating process.
The result could be more money out of restaurant owners’ pockets upfront as they invest in new water heaters.
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