Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered an amendment during the House Appropriations Committee consideration of the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations legislation that will prevent the Department of Energy (DOE) from implementing or enforcing a proposed regulation that imposes costly and environmentally questionable efficiency requirements on ceiling fans sold in the United States.

The Department of Energy reports on their website that ceiling fans are energy saving appliances, which can save up to 14% on the energy individuals and families use to cool their homes.  According to leading industry retailers, the regulation, if implemented, could have the effect of nearly doubling the cost of ceiling fans, thereby reducing their purchase and use by American consumers. The end result, ironically, would be a heavier reliance on central heating and cooling and thus, increased energy consumption.


“The proposed regulation by the Department of Energy is a solution in search of a problem,” Dent said.  “The ceiling fan industry is already dedicated to energy efficiency.”


The continuous development of new energy-efficient technologies has been spurred in the absence of regulatory pressure. In fact, without new DOE standards, there are 27 more EnergyStar fans on the market since 2007.


Dent said, “At a time when homeowners across the US are trying to reduce energy cost and usage, we should not increase the cost of ceiling fans by setting unrealistic and unnecessary efficiency requirements on an already efficient product.”


Congressman Dent thanked his colleague, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7), who offered the same amendment a year ago on the House Floor as part of the FY 2014 Energy & Water bill, for her leadership on the issue.


Dent’s amendment was adopted by the Committee members by voice vote.


To see the amendment being offered, please visit the following link to watch video.