26 Aug '11, 7pm

standards

standards

Today the Department of Energy announced a new set of efficiency standards for refrigerators, the seventh set of state and federal standards for refrigerators over the past 35 years. DOE estimates that the 30-year savings from this new requirement will be almost 5 Quads, equivalent to the entire energy consumption of all the homes in the nation for two months. This should sound surprising – how can further energy savings be possible after the gains we have already made in refrigerator energy efficiency? The first efficiency standards for refrigerators were established in 1976. They eliminated the least efficient half of the market , and by 1987, after the second tier of state standards, the first round of federal standards, and a round of utility-sponsored incentives, the least efficient refrigerator used less electricity than the best model of 1975. But further savings we...

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