With the new year, North Dakotan's have to adjust to a whole bevy of new laws; however, the federal government has made a decision that affects home appliances.

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Many North Dakotans may soon have to say goodbye to a number of well-known home appliances due to new environmental laws that the Biden Administration revealed at the end of the year.

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The announcement was made on Friday, Dec. 29th, 2023 by the DOE and according to FOX News, this plan is "targeting multiple popular home and commercial appliances in an action that will impact millions of Americans, but which federal officials said would help curb carbon emissions."



Within the next five years, appliances that aren't energy efficient and that meet these new requirements will be pulled off the market. The DOE's announcement says,

"...the updated standards, which will take less efficient but cheaper models off the market, will in 30 years remove the amount of emissions generated by the combined annual emissions of 12.7 million homes."

According to the DOE, these steps would save homes and businesses $5 billion annually in utility costs and remove 420 million metric tons of "dangerous carbon dioxide emissions" over the course of the next three decades.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement,

"Today’s announcement is a testament to the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to lowering utility costs for working families, which is helping to simultaneously strengthen energy independence and combat the climate crisis."

According to Bloomberg Law, these criteria will be changed for the first time in more than ten years. The fan and blower rules are the first federal restrictions aimed at those appliances, while the DOE's standards for refrigerators and freezers will be put into effect between 2029 and 2030.

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