DOE pushing efficiency rules for ceiling fan lights

The lights on ceiling fans are the latest household appliance that could be facing new efficiency rules from the Department of Energy.

The Energy Department announced Thursday it is looking at new energy conservation standards for ceiling fan lights. The rules would include new test procedures for medium screw base lamps and pin-based fluorescent lamps.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has placed a renewed focus on increasing the efficiency of household appliances.

The agency this year is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, lamps and many more appliances.

The public has 75 days to comment on the proposed rules for ceiling fans.