The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing a rule that would require ceiling fans to be more energy efficient, claiming that it will save households money on energy costs. This has sparked opposition from Republicans and manufacturers.
According to the DOE, the new regulation would result in savings of approximately $39 over the entire lifetime of the new energy-efficient fan, as One America News Network reported.
Despite the savings for households, the new equipment will cost manufacturers a total of $86.6 million annually, according to the department.
However, Republicans on the House Committee on Small Business stated that if the rule is implemented, small manufacturers face a genuine risk of going out of business as a result of the additional compliance costs they would incur.
“This rule would require numerous small business fan manufacturers to redesign their products and may put between 10 and 30 percent of small business ceiling fan manufacturers out of business,” the GOP members of the committee wrote in a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday.
“It appears that the Department of Energy may not have properly considered small entities during this rulemaking process.”
In addition, the DOE forecasts that the purchase price of fans would increase by at least $10 per if the proposed adjustments were implemented, but that the higher cost would be offset by savings on energy bills within four years.
This comes at a time when the Biden Administration has recommended adjustments over the course of the previous several months on other appliances, such as gas stoves, ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and other necessary equipment.
“Their philosophy is energy efficiency at all costs or energy efficiency no matter the cost,” a former senior Energy Department official, who served during the Trump administration, previously told Fox News Digital.
“That means we are going to see, as a result of their efficiency standards, higher-priced appliances. It’s that simple.”
The Energy Department has been on the offensive to impose stricter regulations on household appliances for the past few months, proposing new standards fora plethora of essential appliances as part of its mission to promote energy efficiency and conservation.
On his first day in office in January 2021, President Biden signed an executive order requiring the Energy Department to make "major revisions" to current appliance regulation standards and Trump administration standards.
A month later, the agency announced that it would review over a dozen energy-efficiency regulations affecting appliances such as water heaters, culinary products, and lighting.
“Their philosophy is energy efficiency at all costs or energy efficiency no matter the cost,” a former senior Energy Department official, who served during the Trump administration, previously told Fox News Digital. “That means we are going to see, as a result of their efficiency standards, higher-priced appliances. It’s that simple.”