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July 20, 2011

How Refrigerator Standards Have Saved Consumers Billions of Dollars

Late-night refrigerator snacks may make you feel bad about indulging in guilty pleasures, but at least you don't have to feel bad about how high your energy bill will be to cure your cravings. That's because of innovative technology and meaningful energy conservation standards put into place by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Program.

In recent decades, DOE has led technological innovation that vastly improved the energy efficiency of our refrigerators and freezers (and other household appliances). As a result, it's a lot easier on your pocket and on the environment to keep that ice cream at peak frosty perfection. In fact, today's refrigerators use only about 25% of the energy that was required to power models built in 1975. Even while continually improving efficiency to meet standards, refrigerators have increased in size by almost 20%, have added energy-using features such as through-the-door ice, and provide more benefits than ever before. Refrigerators today can be customized to fit consumer needs with touch-screen displays, glass doors, or even a beer tap. See the Energy Blog post.