Take your refrigerator as a great example—refrigerators used to consume more than triple the amount of energy they use now. Largely as a result of efficiency standards, refrigerators now use less energy, despite the fact that the average cost has declined and new features have expanded.
Right now there’s legislation pending in the Senate (S. 398) that would keep the progress and savings coming. S. 398 will likely save consumers 43 billion in energy costs to run their appliances, while preserving product choice and affordability.
Even if you don’t plan on purchasing a new appliance for awhile, you’ll still benefit from new and improved efficiency standards. When your neighbor buys a newer, more efficient appliance and lowers her utility bill, she’s also decreasing her energy usage. When consumers decrease their demand for power, they’re helping all consumers by taking pressure off the power grid, decreasing the need for expensive new power plants and decreasing pollution in our communities.
S. 398 builds on the success from current standards for several major appliances and will provide even greater consumer savings and increased efficiency. Because of these great consumer benefits, Consumers Union and other consumer groups support S. 398 and have urged Congress to keep the consumer savings coming.