In 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy is increasing energy efficiency standards for refrigerators and freezers, requiring these products to be more efficient than previous models.
The just-a-little-bit-confusing part? These new products will include new EnergyGuide labels (like the “yellow label” on the refrigerator you see above) that may show different, and sometimes even higher, energy usage than previous models. That higher energy usage number is driven by new measurements and updated electricity cost rates and is not indicative of a less energy efficient model.
So you can rest assured, despite the fact that newer models may appear to use more energy, 2014 refrigerators across the industry are more energy efficient — potentially saving you even more money on your utility bill every month.
Learn all about the energy-efficiency of new refrigerators and freezers, what the new products mean for your next purchase — and much more — right here.