Ceiling fans are now the latest target in the Biden administration’s green agenda, sparking pushback from Republicans and manufacturers.
Administration Not a Fan of Ceiling Fans
The Department of Energy has proposed new rules requiring ceiling fans to be more energy efficient.
According to an analysis by the agency, new energy-efficient fans would save households about $39 over the fan’s lifespan.
The rule would cost consumers roughly $86.6 million a year to upgrade their fans, but the agency estimates it would translate to $316.7 million a year in savings: $281.1 million in cheaper operating costs, $54.7 in “monetized climate benefits,” and $67.5 million in health benefits.
Republicans in the House Committee on Small Business have said the change will put smaller fan makers out of business, describing the rules as an “attack” on ceiling fan manufacturers.
“This rule would require numerous small business fan manufacturers to redesign their products and may put between 10 and 30 percent of small business ceiling fan manufacturers out of business,” Republican committee members wrote in a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday. “It appears that the Department of Energy may not have properly considered small entities during this rulemaking process.”
The Energy Department has been on the warpath to impose more stringent regulations on household appliances for the past several months, proposing new standards for gas stoves, ovens, washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, and other essentials as part of its mission to advance energy efficiency and conservation.
On his first day in office in January 2021, President Biden signed an executive order requiring the Energy Department to make “major revisions” to current appliance regulation standards and standards set by the Trump administration.
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