MASSPIRG praises passage of Energy SAVE Act

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MASSPIRG praises passage of Energy SAVE Act

The Energy Save Act, a bill to update appliance efficiency and plumbing standards passed the legislature (1/4/21) as part of a larger climate bill, S.2995.

If signed by Governor Baker, the new law will set efficiency standards for 17 residential and commercial products including computers, water coolers, and commercial cooking equipment and save consumers millions of dollars on energy and water bills and cut CO2 emissions by thousands of metric tons. MASSPIRG praised the leadership of Representative Josh Cutler, of Duxbury and Senator Jason Lewis of Winchester.

“It may not be sexy, but updating our appliance efficiency standards not only saves consumers money, but it also tackles climate change and protects our environment,” said Deirdre Cummings, Legislative Director, MASSPIRG.

If signed into law, these appliance standards will reduce energy and water waste, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and put money back in our pockets. It is estimated that by 2025, the new standards will save Massachusetts consumers and businesses over $100 million and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 113,000 metric tons, an amount equivalent to taking 24,000 cars off the road.

Massachusetts would become the 9th jurisdiction to adopt efficiency standards since 2017.

MASSPIRG testimony in support of the Energy SAVE Act