Consumers Buy More Efficient Refrigerators, but Keep the Old Ones Humming
March 22, 2010
A NYT story today details a new report by the World Economic Forum and IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates that shows people are buying more efficient refrigerators but not getting rid of their old ones so now they have two refrigerator homes. The good news is that the average refrigerator in the United States uses three-quarters less energy than in 1975, despite being 20 percent larger. (That’s really stunning if you think about it.) The bad news is that people are keeping the old refrigerators around so power usage is still going up. See the full report here “Energy Vision 2010: Towards a More Energy Efficient World, and read the full New York Times story here.