building-electrification

January 29, 2024

Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a final energy efficiency standard for stoves. The new standards will take effect in 2028 and, according to DOE, are projected to save Americans approximately $1.6 billion on their utility bills over 30 years.

December 6, 2023

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November 20, 2023

A new Sierra Club shopper’s guide aims to help consumers easily identify home improvement products that qualify for energy efficiency tax credits created by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The guide compiles information from Energy Star and the IRS into a user-friendly format that details what products are eligible and lays out steps to claim the credit come tax season. Heat pumps, exterior doors and windows, solar panels, and other products that update a home's electrical systems are some of the eligible items.

November 14, 2023

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) intervened to defend a Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency standard for commercial water heaters. The standard was finalized by DOE last month and the American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association, and the National Propane Gas Association subsequently challenged the rule in an attempt to weaken the standard. NRDC was joined by Earthjustice and Sierra Club in filing the motion to intervene last night.

November 1, 2023

More than 70 climate, health and consumer organizations have called for utilities across the nation to leave the American Gas Association (AGA) over their efforts to block climate policies and proliferate disinformation about the health risks of gas stove pollution. AGA receives millions in annual dues from utilities across the country, primarily paid for through customer bills.

September 29, 2023

The Department of Energy (DOE) released its final rule setting Congressionally-mandated energy efficiency standards for gas furnaces, which will reduce air pollution and lower gas utility bills by $1.5 billion annually. The standard, which had not been meaningfully updated since it was first set by Congress in 1987, will apply to new gas furnaces on the market starting in 2028.

September 27, 2023

A new report released by Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice demonstrates the climate, health, and environmental justice concerns posed by outdoor air pollution from buildings, a source that is largely overlooked and unregulated.

August 7, 2023

Washington, DC - Sierra Club members and supporters submitted more than 6,000 comments urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize and implement a policy determination to update building energy codes for renters in low-income housing, which could save residents over 35% in energy costs.

August 1, 2023

On July 29, the Department of Energy (DOE) released guidance for states to apply for new Home Energy Rebates Program funding.

July 28, 2023

Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) released guidance for states to apply for new Home Energy Rebates Program funding. The program, created by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), will distribute a total of $8.5 billion dollars in formula grants for states to deliver home electrification and efficiency rebates to help consumers better afford upgrades that will lower utility bills, improve home comfort and resilience, and reduce indoor and outdoor air pollution. Massachusetts is eligible to receive $146 million to distribute to consumers.

July 27, 2023

Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) released guidance for states to apply for new Home Energy Rebate Programs. The programs, created by the Inflation Reduction Act, will distribute a total of $8.5 billion dollars in formula grants for states to deliver home electrification and efficiency rebates to help consumers better afford upgrades that will lower utility bills, improve home comfort and resilience, and reduce indoor and outdoor air pollution

July 11, 2023

Under new court decision blocking key pathway to cut pollution from new construction, Eugene forced to withdraw electrification ordinance and develop new policy