WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday new efficiency standards for refrigerators it says will cut the energy use of most new models by 25 percent.
A typical refrigerator in 2014 will use about one-fifth as much electricity as one from the mid-1970s, the department said in a release Friday.
The standards have been revised three times since their enactment in 1987, and the latest standards are based on a joint recommendation filed in 2010 with the Department of Energy by the groups and refrigerator manufacturers represented by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.
“New fridges are bigger and cheaper than they’ve ever been, but due to several rounds of state and national efficiency standards they use much less energy,” said Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. “These new standards will deliver even more benefits for consumers and the environment.”