Who says life does not get better? When the latest energy efficiency standard goes into effect for refridgerators in 2014, refrigerators will use 80% less energy than those 30 years ago, will be 20% larger, and cost 60% less. Savings on electricity bills will be up to $270 per year compared to a 1970s unit.
The US Department of Energy is moving forward with the third energy efficiency standard since 1987 when President Reagan authorized the first. Manufacturers of refrigerators support the 2014 standard that will reduce energy usage by another 25% compared to the current standard.
Good standards drive innovation and improvement and that is something Presidents Reagan and Obama used to make consumer, energy, and economic advances.