Although the efficiency of refrigerators and freezers has increased dramatically over the past twenty years, they are still the largest energy consumers in most homes. Recently passed legislation going into effect July 1, 2001, will have new refrigerator standards for American produced products to operate approximately 30% more efficiently than many models sold today. This efficiency will show itself in consumer monetary savings, cleaner air to breathe, and a reduction of pollution-related diseases. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy stated, "The standards ..... will give American consumers the most energy-efficient selection of refrigerators in the world. These new appliances will eventually save US consumers over 25 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, equivalent to the power typically supplied by eight large (500 megawatt) baseload power plants. That's good for consumers' pocketbooks and good for the air we breathe."
To help promote energy efficiency in the State of Maryland, legislation was passed in April 2000 that allows some Energy Star products, including refrigerators, to be purchased tax free. SeeThe Maryland Clean Energy Incentive Act.
For excellent sources of updated information on refrigerators, see the the U.S. EPA Energy Star site.
Installation and Location of Refrigerators and Freezers
Ways to Boost Energy Efficiency of Your Existing Refrigerator or Freezer
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