by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Biden administration’s proposed gas stove regulations would force Americans to spend an extra 23 hours a year waiting for water to boil, according to an industry analysis.
The “efficiency” regulations unveiled by President Joe Biden’s Energy Department in January would limit high-heat stove burners used for cooking tasks such as boiling water and searing meats, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Without those burners, the association found in an analysis on the impact of the stove regulations, U.S. consumers would spend an extra seven minutes trying to boil more than one pot of water. As a result, those Americans would spend “about 23 additional hours per year waiting for water to boil” under the regulations, the association found.
The regulations are part of a Biden administration push to “confront the global climate crisis” through new appliance energy use standards. In addition to its proposed gas stove rule, the administration in February released new efficiency regulations that would require washing machines to use considerably less water, a mandate that will significantly impact the ability to remove stains and clean clothes quickly. Biden’s Energy Department also finalized rules last year that ban the sale of certain light bulbs, and in February, it proposed new efficiency standards for refrigerators.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers says the limits on high-heat burners will decimate “people’s access to a safe and affordable cooking method that is preferred by millions of home cooks.” “DOE’s proposal is an attack on gas cooking appliances disguised as an energy-saving regulation,” association president and CEO Kelly Mariotti said in a statement.
An Energy Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon the department is “required by Congress to review appliance energy conservation standards” and will work to “improve the efficiency of household appliances … without sacrificing the reliability and performance that consumers have come to rely on.”