Higher Energy Efficiency Standards for Refrigerators Proposed by DOE
Proposed Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Refrigerators and Freezers to Lower Energy Use by 20 - 25 Percent
The Department of Energy has proposed new energy efficiency standards for residential refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. The proposed energy efficiency standards would decrease the energy use of most refrigerator-freezers by 20-25 percent and could save consumers as much as $18.6 billion over thirty years. The new standards are expected to go into effect January 2014.
The Obama Administration has made energy efficiency standards a major priority as a way to save energy and money for American families and businesses. Since January 2009, the Department of Energy has finalized new energy efficiency standards for more than twenty household and commercial products, which will cumulatively save consumers between $250 billion and $300 billion through 2030. As you may recall with the LG non-compliance crack down, DOE has also dramatically ramped up enforcement of appliance standards with nearly 70 different non-compliant products already removed from the market.
According to the Department's analysis, the proposed energy efficiency standards could save nearly 4.5 quadrillion BTUs over 30 years, equivalent to three times the amount of energy it takes to run refrigerators and freezers in American homes in one year. They would also eliminate the need for up to 4.2 gigawatts of generating capacity by 2043 -equivalent to 8-9 coal-fired power plants nationwide. Further, the proposed energy efficiency standards would reduce cumulative carbon dioxide emissions by 305 million metric tons between 2014 and 2043.