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Measuring Standby Power Use in the DOE Clothes Washers, Clothes Dryers and Dishwashers Test Procedures



Natascha S. Milesi-Ferretti, Michael A. Galler, Farhad Omar


This paper discusses the issue of standby power in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) residential appliance test procedures. Section 1 introduces DOE’s legislative mandate, briefly discusses the rise of standby power in white products, and gives a sense of the global scale of this energy use. Section 2 presents the current development of industry, national, and international standards to define and measure standby power. Section 3 presents a more detailed, component-level discussion of the sources of standby power use. Section 4 presents broader changes that can reduce energy use on the US building stock, including appliance design, changes in user behavior, and policy measures that may serve as good examples to follow. In Section 5, the paper lists recommendations for the ongoing revisions of the DOE test procedures for Clothes Washers, Clothes Dryers and Dishwashers. Section 6 presents conclusions.
ASHRAE Transactions


standby power, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, residential energy consumption


Milesi-Ferretti, N. , Galler, M. and Omar, F. (2011), Measuring Standby Power Use in the DOE Clothes Washers, Clothes Dryers and Dishwashers Test Procedures, ASHRAE Transactions (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created November 1, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017