EPA Announces New Requirements for ENERGY STAR Qualified Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers
EPA announced new ENERGY STAR requirements for commercial refrigerators and freezers which, on average, are more than 30% higher than federal minimum standards. If all commercial refrigerators and freezers sold in the United States met this ENERGY STAR specification, the energy bill savings would grow to $275 million per year, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from nearly 400,000 vehicles. These requirements are effective January 1, 2010, the same date that new federal standards take effect. New to the scope of products covered under the ENERGY STAR Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers specification are glass door refrigerators and freezers — typically found in convenience stores, supermarkets and restaurants. Glass door models may begin qualifying as ENERGY STAR beginning April 1, 2009.