Little do these legislators know what evil lurks behind their efforts. But, a number of states are pushing the envelope and the Fed is trying to catch up. At first glance, consumers will believe higher efficiency appliances are a good thing. On the surface they are. Dig a little deeper. Prices go up, so consumers initially seek to pay less when no return on investment is obvious. One way to pay less is to repair rather than replace the old stuff. It’s not great for long-term efficiency, but with a slumping economy in the shadows, it’s a pretty good bet for a lot of consumers.
But, the fact of the matter is: I like higher efficiency equipment being forced down the industry’s throat - if it is uniform and consistent across the country. What I don’t like is the possibility of major inventory control problems and higher prices because of proposed legislation that requires multiple products across the country. Where is the consistency in that?