How National Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservation Standards Can Improve Public Health in the US


National appliance and equipment energy conservation standards significantly benefit public health and advance Justice40 goals, a federal initiative ensuring benefits reach disadvantaged communities.

Lauren Boucher

Gain insight into the critical role of national appliance standards in improving public health and discover how to measure their impact against Justice40 goals. Find actionable recommendations for maximizing their benefits for a healthier, greener, and fairer future.

Key findings

  • National appliance standards have led to significant reductions in PM2.5 and PM2.5 precursor emissions, avoiding hundreds of thousands of tons of pollutants in 2017.
  • These standards prevented between 1,900 and 4,400 PM2.5-related deaths in 2017, translating to monetary benefits of $18 to $41 billion.
  • Health benefits from national appliance standards have been distributed relatively equitably. Communities designated as disadvantaged by Justice40, representing 33% of the total population, have received 36% of the health benefits.


  • The US Department of Energy must meet legal deadlines for updating appliance efficiency standards to maximize public health benefits.
  • Governments should expand outreach and incentives to promote efficient appliance adoption, prioritizing disadvantaged communities, renters, and low-income households.
  • Engage disadvantaged communities and people of color in all stages of policy development and implementation.


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