The U.S. Department of Energy announced new regulations on Thursday for home air conditioning units, portable air cleaners, and window air conditioners to "reduce [the] nation's carbon footprint." The department said the regulations are part of President Joe Biden's efforts toward "tackling the climate crisis."
"[Thursday's] announcement builds on the historic actions President Biden took last year to strengthen outdated energy efficiency standards, which will help save on people's energy bills and reduce our nation's carbon footprint," Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said.
"DOE will continue to engage with our public and private sector partners to finalize additional proposals like today's that lower household energy costs and deliver the safer, healthier communities that every American deserves."
The DOE said the new standards would save the U.S. approximately $1.5 billion annually and will lower carbon dioxide emissions by 106 million metric tons over the next 30 years.
The regulations take effect in 2024 for air cleaners, and in 2026 for room air conditioners.
The announcement comes amid previous reports of energy regulations for home appliances, including washing machines, gas stoves, ovens, and refrigerators.