The Government Wants To Regulate Your Portable Air Conditioner

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Nick LorisBy Nicolas Loris ~

Congratulations, portable air conditioner buyers and sellers. This product now qualifies for… government regulation!

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently determined that portable air conditioners meet the criteria set under the Energy Policy Conservation Act (as amended) for efficiency mandates. Like all other efficiency regulations, mandated appliance standards remove choices from individuals and empower Washington to override personal preferences.

(Photo: Richard B. Levine/Newscom)(Photo: Richard B. Levine/Newscom)

DOE concluded that the average household use of electricity for portable air conditioners exceeds the limit to trigger consideration for regulation. The energy use threshold for DOE bureaucrats to begin inspecting and testing an appliance is low.

Any appliance where the average annual energy use exceeds a 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year receives a visit from the efficiency police. To put that energy figure into context, one kilowatt-hour provides enough electricity to watch TV for 10 hours or vacuum for an hour. Such…

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