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Title: Monitoring refrigeration energy useage.

Abstract

Refrigerators use more energy than any other kitchen appliance -- an unsurprising fact considering that refrigerators operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep food at a safe temperature. In many low-income households, refrigerators eat up more than half the electricity consumed in one year. And if the refrigerator in a family's home is functioning poorly, the cost to the consumer can be enormous. Discovering whether an existing refrigerator is operating inefficiently enough to warrant replacing it is an extremely difficult task for a resident who sees only a monthly electric bill. Only by knowing the approximate usage of the existing unit can anyone tell whether it would pay to buy a new, energy-efficient refrigerator. The savings from replacing older refrigerators can be substantial, and collecting the data needed to determine when refrigerators should be replaced is easier and less costly than one might think. In both Chicago and New York City, replacing existing units cut refrigerator electricity usage by more than 50%. Monitoring to develop an average usage for the existing stock of refrigerators is a task that can be completed by maintenance staff in a reasonably short time -- and identifying poorly performing units thatmore » should be immediately replaced can take just two hours of monitoring.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
EE; OUS
OSTI Identifier:
942783
Report Number(s):
ANL/ES/JA-34563
TRN: US200922%%671
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Home Energy Mag.
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 17; Journal Issue: 3 ; May/Jun. 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; APPLIANCES; CHICAGO; COST; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; HOUSEHOLDS; MONITORING; NEW YORK CITY; REFRIGERATORS

Citation Formats

Cavallo, J., Mapp, J., Energy Systems, and Wisconsin Energy Bureau. Monitoring refrigeration energy useage.. United States: N. p., 2000. Web.
Cavallo, J., Mapp, J., Energy Systems, & Wisconsin Energy Bureau. Monitoring refrigeration energy useage.. United States.
Cavallo, J., Mapp, J., Energy Systems, and Wisconsin Energy Bureau. Mon . "Monitoring refrigeration energy useage.". United States.
@article{osti_942783,
title = {Monitoring refrigeration energy useage.},
author = {Cavallo, J. and Mapp, J. and Energy Systems and Wisconsin Energy Bureau},
abstractNote = {Refrigerators use more energy than any other kitchen appliance -- an unsurprising fact considering that refrigerators operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep food at a safe temperature. In many low-income households, refrigerators eat up more than half the electricity consumed in one year. And if the refrigerator in a family's home is functioning poorly, the cost to the consumer can be enormous. Discovering whether an existing refrigerator is operating inefficiently enough to warrant replacing it is an extremely difficult task for a resident who sees only a monthly electric bill. Only by knowing the approximate usage of the existing unit can anyone tell whether it would pay to buy a new, energy-efficient refrigerator. The savings from replacing older refrigerators can be substantial, and collecting the data needed to determine when refrigerators should be replaced is easier and less costly than one might think. In both Chicago and New York City, replacing existing units cut refrigerator electricity usage by more than 50%. Monitoring to develop an average usage for the existing stock of refrigerators is a task that can be completed by maintenance staff in a reasonably short time -- and identifying poorly performing units that should be immediately replaced can take just two hours of monitoring.},
doi = {},
journal = {Home Energy Mag.},
number = 3 ; May/Jun. 2000,
volume = 17,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}