DOE Announces New Efficiency Standards for Home Refrigerators

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 9, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — DOE issued on August 26 final energy efficiency standards for home refrigerators and freezers. The new standards will improve the efficiency of home refrigerators some 25% by 2014. The standards, developed through a consensus process with manufacturers, consumer groups, and environmentalists, are expected to deliver more than $200 in electricity bill savings for the typical consumer over the lifetime of the refrigerator.

Nationally, consumers are expected to save more than $21 billion on their energy bills through 2043 as a result of these standards. According to a DOE analysis, the standards will save enough electricity each year to power 3.4 million homes, about the same number of homes in the entire state of Virginia.

The efficiency standards finalize the proposed consensus standards agreed to by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, more than 25 individual refrigerator manufacturers, and some of the nation’s leading consumer and environmental advocacy groups. The standards will go into effect three years after their publication in the Federal Register. See the DOE press release and the final rulePDF

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The U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) provides information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships. It supports this goal through: Enhancing energy efficiency and productivity, Bringing clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace, and Making a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.

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Office of the Assistant Secretary
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Mail Stop EE-1
Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585

Phone: 1-877-EERE-INF (1-877-337-3463)

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