Washington, DC, May 23, 2019—New data released by the U.S. Department of Energy shows that states with carpet cleaning programs have lower energy bills than states without them.
The Department of Commerce and the Office of Management and Budget, which administers the Clean Air Act, released the data today (May 21) to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
“The data show that carpet cleaning is an efficient, cost-effective, and cost-saving measure that saves the nation more than $3.7 billion a year in energy savings,” said James C. White, President of the American Association of State and Local Governments.
“The most efficient and cost effective way to save energy is by reducing the amount of energy we use to clean our air and water.”
According to the DOE, carpet cleaning represents an estimated $3 billion to $5 billion in energy saving annually.
State-level data The data, based on a survey of over 2,500 residential carpet cleaning service providers in California, Texas, Washington, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, showed that states that have carpet cleaning plans have lower annual energy bills.
States with carpet cleaners are also more likely to have a cleaner air quality, cleaner water, and a cleaner community, the DOE reported.
In states where carpet cleaners have been used, they’ve saved the average residential energy bill by about $1,000 per year, while states without carpet cleaners see an average annual energy bill increase of $2,500 per year.
For states where no carpet cleaners were used, the average annual increase was $2.5 million, while in states where they were used for at least five years, the increase was more than seven times the average increase in the U, S, and P. However, the biggest saving for states without a carpet cleaner is for the homeowners themselves.
In a statement, the American Bar Association said carpet cleaners provide “a significant financial savings for consumers.”
In addition to saving energy, carpet cleaners also help maintain a cleaner environment by cleaning carpets and installing flooring that does not contain any oil or other pollutants, as well as removing dust and debris.
“Our data shows that carpet cleaners actually reduce energy consumption by about 1,000 to 2,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year for each square foot of carpet cleaned per household, while removing dust from the carpet and cleaning it up, saving the homeowner up to $1 million in energy costs,” said Jennifer D. McLean, President and CEO of the Association for Cleaning and Energy in America.
The cost savings, which are available to homeowners who choose to use carpet cleaners in their homes, are just one of the benefits of carpet cleaning.
However in the past, the cost of carpet was often higher than other cleaning methods.
For example, carpeting, a type of carpeting typically used in home renovation projects, typically cost around $100 per square foot.
In other words, carpet is often used to keep the home nice and clean, but it also takes up a lot of space.
“It’s very important for homeowners to use their energy conservation to do the right thing,” said McLean.
“We have seen carpet cleaning costs drop, especially in California where carpet cleaning has become so popular.”
State-specific data on energy savings The DOE data also showed that carpet washing was also an efficient and inexpensive way to reduce CO2 emissions.
“In the United States, carpet and floor cleaning are both an energy efficient, carbon neutral, and economical method of cleaning and maintaining the environment,” said White.
“There is an increasing number of states, including California, Washington and New Jersey that have enacted legislation requiring carpet cleaners to use a CO2 abatement program to reduce the amount that they produce.
California enacted legislation in 2017 requiring carpet cleaning to reduce carbon emissions by 20% and Washington and Maryland enacted legislation to require carpet cleaning facilities to purchase CO2 mitigation equipment.”
State carpet cleaning rates are also rising in states with more affordable energy rates.
For instance, in Texas, carpet washing is currently being priced at $7.49 per square meter, but the DOE said this is expected to rise to $15.98 by 2025.
The average annual cost for a carpet cleaning plan in California is currently $2 million.
The DOE said the costs of carpet cleaner will continue to drop as states work to implement the regulations and other regulations needed to ensure the continued safe use of carpet in homes.
“State legislation is a long way off and this is just one step in a long road to cleaner air, cleaner homes, and cleaner energy,” said Michael P. Ruppert, president and CEO at the American Cleaning Association.
“This is an important milestone in the effort to reduce air pollution and ensure cleaner homes and homes are safe.”
In 2019, the Clean Water Act is set to be signed into law, and as the Clean Energy Jobs Act takes effect, carpet cleaner states will