Lot 20 is a directive from the EU which relates to heating - all space heaters now have to comply with a minimum energy efficiency standard to reduce their consumption and emissions. Lot 20 is aimed at reducing energy being used by home heating products. I'm trying to find out if there is any equivalent directive in the USA as I have to write an article about it for an American client. Can anyone help?

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    Most of our portable heaters used indoors are electric, so it would be silly to even have efficiency ratings heat is heat on electric coils. For portables that burn a fuel these are not designed to be used in doors because they produce carbon monoxide. But I know of no law similar to your lot 20. – Ed Beal Jan 7 '19 at 13:12
  • keep in mind the EU creates environmental law quite differently than the US. In Europe, they come out of Brussels - the central EU government comes up with these laws, and the various nations adopt them. In America, they come out of Sacramento - the greens come up with the law for California use only, then some other states with similar problems pile on instead of reinventing the wheel, and when it turns out not to be an economic disaster after all, the feds use that to justify Federalizing it. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jan 7 '19 at 21:56
  • We here in the USA have energy saving light bulbs that save money by reducing the wattage, thus reducing the light available. If I really want to reduce my energy consumption I can shut off the lights and try to read in the dark. Some "moron", pardon my use of a bad word, in a government position has to come up with these standards to show why his job is so important. Your heaters are probably the next thing to have a reduced rating. If you really need adequate heat you will in the future have to buy 2 heaters. – d.george Jan 8 '19 at 11:46

I'm not aware of any laws in regards to energy consumption of space heaters and Google couldn't quickly find any. I'm not sure about the EU but energy laws in the US are determined by federal, state and local governments so you'll need to make sure you do research for wherever your client is. The US does have a Energy Star program which rates products energy use so consumers know how much energy it uses and they can compare products. This is a voluntary program but I couldn't tell you the last time I bought a appliance and it didn't have a Energy Star label on it.


  • That's great, thanks for the info. I guess that'll be my starting point for this particular article. – DamienFegan Jan 8 '19 at 8:56

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