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At the end of the year, the Biden Administration unveiled new unveiled environmental regulations that will soon have many Illinoisans saying goodbye to many popular home appliances.

The announcement was made on Friday, Dec. 29th, 2023 by the DOE and according to FOX News, this plan is "targeting multiple popular home and commercial appliances in an action that will impact millions of Americans, but which federal officials said would help curb carbon emissions."


Within the next five years, appliances that aren't energy efficient and that meet these new standards will be taken off the market. The DOE's announcement says,

"...the updated standards, which will take less efficient but cheaper models off the market, will in 30 years remove the amount of emissions generated by the combined annual emissions of 12.7 million homes."

Overall, the DOE said these actions would eliminate 420 million metric tons of "dangerous carbon dioxide emissions" over the next three decades and save households and businesses $5 billion a year on utility bills.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement,

"Today’s announcement is a testament to the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to lowering utility costs for working families, which is helping to simultaneously strengthen energy independence and combat the climate crisis."

This will be the first time in over a decade these standards have been updated, according to Bloomberg Law. The DOE's standards for refrigerators and freezers will be implemented between 2029 and 2030, and the standards targeting fans and blowers are the first-ever federal regulations targeting those appliances.

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