The Impact of Refrigerator Standards on U.S. Households

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The Impact of Refrigerator Standards on U.S. Households

Appliance standards have long been a contentious issue in American culture, but they have become more so recently with the so-called culture wars (Hoffman, 2012). In this article, we explore some of the issues surrounding appliance ...

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LEFTOVERS

Author: Jim Obst
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January 01, 1993

You are what you refrigerate. Sociologists Bruce Hackett and Loren Lutzenhiser probed the intimate ways people relate to their refrigerators ("Shelf Life: An Inquiry Into What--and who--Can Be Found in Your Refrigerator," May/Jun '87, p. 17). [continue reading]

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WHAT'S WRONG WITH REFRIGERATOR ENERGY RATINGS?

Author: John Proctor
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January 01, 1993

As refrigerators become more and more efficient, consumers and utility demand-side managers are faced with a number of questions. [continue reading]

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RECYCLING REFRIGERATORS: WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY?

Author: Carol Nelson
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January 01, 1993

Over the past decade, a number of utilities in the United States and Canada have successfully implemented programs to collect and dismantle old refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners from their residential customers. [continue reading]

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Performance Versus Projections: Does Your Refrigerator Measure Up?

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 1993

Every new refrigerator is sold with a bright yellow "Energy Guide" label affixed to the door. The label lists the refrigerator's energy consumption (translated confusingly into dollars per year) and compares that unit to other, similar models. [continue reading]

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HAULING IN THE CULPRITS: MICHIGAN'S BOUNTY PILOT

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January 01, 1993

The Michigan Public Service Commission examined the potential of picking up operating, second refrigerators in the mid-1980s. [continue reading]

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REFRIGERATOR REPLACEMENT IN FLORIDA: A CASE STUDY

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January 01, 1993

Florida's hot and humid climate challenges even the best refrigerators. Not surprisingly, refrigerators guzzle a lot of electricity in Florida. [continue reading]

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MAINTENANCE DOESN'T NECESSARILY LOWER ENERGY USE

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January 01, 1993

Utility bill stuffers direct customers to clean their refrigerator coils in order to save the customers a few dollars and the utility companies a few power plants. [continue reading]

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SMUD'S REFRIGERATOR GRAVEYARD - CONDITIONS OF THE DECEASED

Author: Willem Bos
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January 01, 1993

As part of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) high efficiency refrigerator program, the district offers an incentive of $100 to customers who trade in an older refrigerator in conjunction with the purchase of a new model. [continue reading]

A Pause for Reflection: After 30 Years, Conservation Services Group Considers the Future of Energy Efficiency

Kevin Farrell

A Pause for Reflection: After 30 Years, Conservation Services Group Considers the Future of Energy Efficiency

In early September, Conservation Services Group (CSG) celebrated its 30-year anniversary with more than 200 guests. During the celebration at the ...

Congratulations to the Home Performance with Energy Star Housing Innovation Award Winners!

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Congratulations to the Home Performance with Energy Star Housing Innovation Award Winners!

Winners for the Department of Energy’s 2014 Housing Innovations Award were announced on September 23rd during a special event ...

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