If your community recently experienced a historic heatwave, you’ve probably come to appreciate air conditioning (AC) units in a way you didn’t before. We often overlook the importance of everyday home appliances and how critical they are in making our lives more comfortable. Yet AC units–and other common office and household appliances such as refrigerators, clothes washers, and heat pumps–do more than just help us live comfortable lives.
Thanks to national standards that require appliances and equipment to be more energy efficient, your AC and other appliances also spur economic growth and create jobs. According to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), national appliance standards created or sustained nearly 300,000 jobs in 2016 and are projected to support 553,000 jobs by 2030.
Think about it: Millions and millions of new appliances, electronics and equipment are sold every year in America — more than 6 million central air conditioners and heat pumps were shipped in 2015, alone.
As our technology improves and our ability to save energy and reduce our utility bills progresses, so does the growth in energy efficiency jobs — including those related to manufacturing and installing appliances and equipment. As noted in a recent report from ACEEE and ASAP, “When consumers and businesses take the money they have saved on energy and water bills and spend it in other sectors of the economy, it boosts growth and jobs in those other sectors.”
Read more about the energy efficiency jobs created by national appliance standards here.