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January 6, 2014 | Vol. 1

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Energy-Efficient Appliances, New Building Codes Contribute to Lowest Home Energy Use since 2001
by NEMA Communications

Energy-Efficient Appliances - Image Courtesy of www.greenworld365.comAccording to the Energy Information Association (EIA), home energy consumption continues to decrease for the third year in a row. This can be attributed to many things: more energy-efficient appliances and lighting options, and new building codes requiring better sealed homes to reduce heated and air-conditioned air losses.

Many articles have been recently written on this topic, including one by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press energy reporter. In addition to increased energy efficiency, he mentioned that the switch to mobile devices likely has positive effects on decreased energy usage. Desktops are being replaced with laptops, tablets, and smartphones, all of which consume less energy and have prolonged battery life.

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NEMA Supports Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure in Madison, Wisconsin
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association applauds the City of Madison Common Council for taking the first step toward making Madison a more energy-efficient city by introducing an energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance.

Standardization News

NEMA Publishes ANSI_ANSLG C78.901-2013 American National Standard for Electric Lamps—Single—Based Fluorescent Lamps—Dimensional and Electrical Characteristics
ANSI_ANSLG C78.901 sets forth the physical and electrical characteristics required to assure interchangeability and to assist in the proper application of single-based fluorescent lamps.

NEMA Publishes ANSI_ANSLG C78.81-2013 American National Standard for Electric Lamps—Double-Capped Fluorescent Lamps—Dimensional and Electrical Characters
ANSI_ANSLG C78.81 details the physical and electrical characteristics of the principal types of fluorescent lamps intended for application on conventional line frequency circuits and electronic high-frequency circuits.

Global Intelligence

HID Lamp Indexes Contract During Third Quarter
Demand for high intensity discharge (HID) lamps, as measured by NEMA’s HID shipment indexes, remained soft during 2013Q3. Seasonally adjusted shipments of sodium vapor lamps dipped 3.2 percent on a quarterly basis (q/q), falling to a new series low.

Current Conditions EBCI Slips in December But Still Signals Improvement; Future Conditions Index Gains Ground
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America slipped for the second straight month in December, falling to 52.8 from 53.1 in November, but continued to point to improvement in the business environment by remaining above the 50-point mark.

Demand for Lighting Equipment Slips During Third Quarter
NEMA’s Lighting Systems Index subsided from a five year high posted in the previous quarter, decreasing by 1.6 percent on a quarter-to-quarter (q/q) basis during 2013Q3.

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