Standard will lower energy use from external power supplies

external power suppliesA final rule from DOE that imposes new energy standards for external power supplies (EPS) was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 10. The final rule, which goes into effect Feb. 10, 2016, builds upon EPS standards from 2007.

DOE estimates the new standards will lead to power savings roughly the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 6.5 million homes. It also estimates families and ­businesses will save nearly $4 billion on their energy bills over the next 30 years, while carbon pollution will be reduced by nearly 47 million metric tons over that period.