New Fridge Standards Take Effect Monday: How Refrigerators Have Kept Cool Over 40 Years of Improvements

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New Fridge Standards Take Effect Monday: How Refrigerators Have Kept Cool Over 40 Years of Improvements

Posted by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
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Friday, September 12, 2014 - 1:05pm
One of the great inventions of our time – the modern refrigerator – will get an efficiency makeover when new national efficiency standards go into effect on September 15, reducing energy use of most refrigerators and freezers by about 20 to 25 percent.
 
The new standards take effect 100 years after the first modern refrigerators were mass-produced for general use. Before that time, consumers used iceboxes (literally boxes with ice) to keep their food cold, but food safety was an issue. When the ‘electric refrigerator’ was finally introduced it was more than just a convenience, it was an invention that saved people’s lives. (See this 1926 advertisement from the Electric League of Pittsburgh).
 
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