Taking the Pain Out of Testing

May/June 2003
A version of this article appears in the May/June 2003 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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May 01, 2003
Tackling the defrost cycle dilemma makes metering a practical tool to use when choosing which refrigerators to replace.
Nearly two years ago, Michigan’s Weatherization Assistance program undertook a concerted effort to develop procedures to monitor, identify, and replace refrigerators. Because each of our Weatherization clients gets only one retrofit opportunity, it is important for us to catch all of the cost-effective replacements that we can.While program returns might be improved by looking for such outward signs as a gold or avocado color, you can miss some very hungry refrigerators that way (see “The Avocados, the Golds—the Replaceables?”HE Jan/Feb ’03, p. 31). Rather than trying to judge by appearances, we chose to work on taking the pain out of testing.         More than half of the 33 local Weatherization agencies in Michigan got involved in some aspect of fashioning evaluation, supply, and disposal methods for our program.The supply question was resolved when we established a relationship with Whirlpool Corporation, headquartered in Benton Harbor, Michigan, that allows us to order and document delivery using their Partner Store software on the Internet (see “Partner Store and More”). Creating an evaluation protocol was more complicated. Hoping to exceed the accuracy of rulesbased evaluations,we developed a twohour ...

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