The guidelines have just improved!This summer, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) signed an agreement to significantly improve the efficiency of refrigerators and other appliances by 2014.
- Here is the full text of the agreement.
- We can expect that manufacturers will come out with more energy efficient appliances well before the deadline.
There are already a number of manufacturers that are beating the minimum standards by over 30 percent.
- You can search for them here.
- Take a look at both "KWH/year" and "%Less Energy" columns. The "%Less Energy" column is derived from the minimum standard for the class of refrigerator while the "KWH/year" will give you the actual expected energy use.
Regarding your search for a new refrigerator, note that a single-door refrigerator is the most energy efficient, followed by a freezer-top; ice-makers are energy hogs; and get the smallest refrigerator you need.
The Energy Star site also provides good advice as to how to select, install, and use your refrigerator.
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Also, read David's answer to the question, "Are old appliances green because we are reusing, or not green because they are not Energy Star?"