How Refrigerators Meet Higher Efficiency Standards

Learn how refrigerators meet higher efficiency standards. The Department of Energy says it is aggressively developing and implementing updated requirements for the Energy Star appliance efficiency standards. One of these is a new standard for refrigerators, which it says will save U.S. consumers up to $23.5 million in energy costs.

| December 2007/January 2008

Refrigerators must get an update to qualify for the Energy Star program, learn how refrigerators meet higher efficiency standards.

How Refrigerators Meet Higher Efficiency Standards

Refrigerators must now meet higher efficiency standards to qualify for the Energy Star label, which helps consumers identify products that use less energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have increased the program’s efficiency requirements for full-size units to 20 percent more than those of current models, effective April 28. The DOE recently was criticized for its failure to comply with a schedule to update standards, but now says it is aggressively developing and implementing improvements. The new refrigerator standards, according to the DOE, will save U.S. consumers up to $23.5 million in energy costs.

9/19/2008 1:00:41 PM

I was thrilled to learn our landlord was replacing the old,larger, leaking clunker and ran all the time, wioth an Energy Star unit. We thought to surely see the power bill drop like a rock. UNfortunately, that was not so. The first half month, the bill increased by $10. The next full month, it increased by $20 over the old unit's usage. At that point, I called PUD for an energy audit. AND, I used leftover foam insulation boards to add 1" more insulation on the sides and front, and 2" on the top. [NOT on the back--the back panel must be able to do heat exchanging in refrigerators!] Immediately, the run-time was cut in about half. The following power bill showed a $10 decrease below the old refrigerator's use. About that time, the PUD guy came by. He used a meter to measure use by the refrigerator, and showed it was doing fine, registering low usage. He could not locate any reason why our bill has been so high. During a three day power outage, the extra insulation saved all the food in the refrigerator--we just kept the doors sealed up during that time, so it would not lose any of the remaining cool. I have my suspicions it is partly related to the computerized meters PUD installed everywhere, since MANY people complained about largely increased bills, even though they had not changed their usage. One person got their meter replaced three times by PUD, because PUD couldn't believe their meter was registering properly--the customer has a 300-amp service, but only used a light, a radio and a refrigerator--they heat with wood. There is something not right here. Beyond that, further research disclosed: one means companies have of getting their products to comply with "Energy Star" qualifications, is to remove the works of the machine, "bench test" the smaller works that fits the parameters, get it Ok'd, then install those smaller works into a larger box. It would have been FAR better if they just doubled

mother earth news fair 2018 schedule


Next: September 14-16, 2018
Seven Springs, PA

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard