District News Articles

  2. Reprinted with permission of the Colorado WaterWise Council
    Major home appliance manufacturers, their trade organization, and a nationwide coalition of energy and water efficiency supporters announced an agreement that will establish new mandatory federal energy and water efficiency standards, recommendations for new ENERGY STAR levels, and manufacturer tax credits for the production of super-efficient clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and dehumidifiers.
    The agreement, which seeks legislation for appliance efficiency standards and tax credits, represents significant energy and water savings for U.S. consumers.  According to an analysis conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the agreement will result in a savings of up to 3.3 quadrillion btus (quads) of energy and nearly 11 million acre feet (3.6 trillion gallons) of water over about 30 years.  Consumers will benefit from a savings of up to $14.7 billion in cumulative utility bill reductions.
    The agreement, when combined with additional appliance efficiency standard for refrigerators and clothes washers, could increase total 30-year savings to nearly 15 quads of energy and 68 million acre feet of water.  The specific efficiency levels for refrigerators and clothes washers will be determined by DOE and will depend on cost-benefit and other analyses.  Total cumulative utility bill savings could be as high as $68 billion.
    Key features of the agreement include:
    • The first-ever national minimum water efficiency standards for residential clothes washers and dishwashers.
    • Required DOE rulemakings to determine new minimum efficiency standards for refrigerators and clothes washers; they must be completed no later than December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
    • Aggressive production tax credits to spur market share growth for the most energy-efficient refrigerators, residential and commercial clothes washers, residential dishwashers and dehumidifiers.
    • Recommendations for revised ENERGY STAR levels, including water efficiency for residential and commercial clothes washers and dishwashers.
    The Denver Water Department offers a $150.00 rebate to Platte Canyon customers for replacing old clothes washers with a water-saving model.  To apply for a rebate or to see a list of eligible clothes washers please visit Denver Water’s Rebate Clothes Washer Rebate page located at

    For more information on Energy Star appliances, visit the ENERGY STAR web site at: