Energy Star Refrigerators

It has been only relatively recently in human history that refrigerators of any kind were introduce to modern man. And refrigerators have opened a whole world of possibilities when it comes to the way we enjoy food. Imagine all the ways that allowing for food to be preserved has helped people enjoy new types of foods and new flavors. Before refrigeration, it was difficult to important large quantities of many types of food for fear that they would spoil and cause illness, and it was impossible to import some types of food for the very same reason. But the advent of refrigerated train cars, air plane cargo holds and trucks changed all of that. People in the hot humid climates were suddenly able to enjoy ice cream all around. Doctors were able to preserve large quantities of vaccine and other medicines, allowing for automation of the medical field. Refrigeration of food and other substances has been an extraordinary invention all around, but, as with many modern inventions that caused quite a bit of good, they refrigeration also has its downsides. For one, it causes quite a bit of strain on the environment.

That’s where Energy Star Refrigerators come in. From the 1940′s – when refrigerators (often called “ice boxes”) rose to popularity in American homes, until the present day, refrigerators have become colder, larger and overall more complex. Refrigerators now have freezers with ice makers attached, lights installed inside, and water and ice pouring devices installed right in the front. All this innovation meant that refrigerators also began using much more electricity, They certainly use much more electricity than caves, holes in the ground and glaciers – all our ancestors’ methods of cooling food.

Luckily for the environment, Energy Star refrigerators came along. The Energy Star program was implemented as a United States government program in 1992. The program was designed to offer incentives to manufacturers to produce products that save energy and thus reduce dependence on power sources like oil. All devices – including electronic devices like computers and peripherals, washers, dryers, refrigerators and many other small home and kitchen appliances – that bear the distinctive Energy Star logo have been tested and shown to save 20% to 30% on energy more than similar items.

Because much of the world is interested in saving energy and reducing the economic hardships that often go hand in hand with energy dependence, many countries quickly adopted the United States’ Energy Start standards. These countries include Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the entire European Union. (Though, it is wise to note – if you are ever in Europe and in the market for an Energy Star refrigerator or other item, that energy saving items sold in the European Union are marked with a “TCO” logo rather than the Energy Start logo.)

Energy Star refrigerators and other Energy Start items have become all the rage around the world, especially as the green and sustainability movement gains ground. Many people are going “green” and part of going green means treading more lightly on the earth by recycling used items, buying locally produced products, and taking steps to reduce energy consumption by purchasing items such as Energy Star refrigerators.

Now days, it isn’t just appliances like Energy Star refrigerators that bear the Energy Star logo. Entire homes and buildings that are built using “green” and sustainable building methods are labeled with the Energy Star logo.

If you find that you have a high power bill in your home, investing in an Energy Star refrigerator or other appliance, such as washers and dryers, or electronics, such as computers, can help significantly reduce utility spending.

This Energy Star Refrigerators Review is Written/Updated on Oct 22nd, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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