Understanding Energy Efficiency Standards For Refrigerators and Other Appliances

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Refrigerators are widely used home appliances that consume much electricity as they work round the clock.

This makes them account for approximately 10 to 20 percent of your total home electricity usage.

Therefore, buying an energy efficient refrigerator is a smart investment if you are looking to save money on utility bills in the long run.

So, to better understand the whole thing, here are the Energy Star Certification and CEE Tier Ratings and their benefits explained.

So, What is Energy Star Certification?

energy star certificationRefrigerators and other home appliances that have an Energy Star label are well known for their efficient energy use. Did you know that by buying energy star refrigerators you can reduce your utility costs to a great extent? Yes, using appliances that consume less electricity can help you save hundreds of dollars every year.

Energy Star Fridges are designed to save energy without sacrificing on capacity, excellent food preservation and other features. On average, appliances with Energy Star Certification can save 20% to 30% energy and are 15% more efficient compared to non-Energy Star certified appliances.

However, the energy consumption on Energy Star certified refrigerators vary from one model to another. Therefore, when looking for a new fridge, always compare different models to find the one that meets all your needs and is the most efficient.

What About CEE Tier Ratings?

CEE Tier RatingsCEE Tiers are generated by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency to leverage the energy efficiency information related to appliances that have managed to earn Energy Star ratings. Like the Energy Star Certification, a CEE rating means your fridge is energy efficient and Eco-friendly.

There are basically 3 tiers for CEE ratings (Tier I, Tier II and Tier III). The CEE Tier I refrigerators are 20 percent more energy efficient and the CEE Tier II are 25 percent more efficient.

CEE Tier III energy rated refrigerators will typically use 30 percent less electricity. However, these refrigerators are a bit more expensive. If you are thinking long term though you are saving money. So, if you pay more on a new fridge now are spending less considering the entire lifespan of the appliance.

Additionally, note that the CEE rating uses the Energy Star label coupled with the Modified Energy Factor (MEF) and the Water Factor (WF) to assess energy efficiency.

So while an Energy Star refrigerator or any other appliance is known to be energy efficient, for the best water and electricity efficiency, make sure you consider the CEE Tier.

Benefits of Using Energy Efficient Appliances

  • You save on your utility bills.
  • Earns you energy tax credits.
  • Improves quality of life because energy efficient refrigerators are more convenient and require less maintenance.
  • Saves you up to 30% electricity costs.
  • Reduces your carbon foot-print to a great extent.

Bottom Line

If you are looking to buy a new refrigerator, ensure you buy one that meets both the State and federal minimum energy efficiency standards.

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