Policy Report Claims Old Appliances Matter to Money

By Published On: June 12, 2014

Consumers do save money as well as energy when they get rid of their old, inefficient refrigerators, according to a California Public Utilities Commission report released June 6. Realizing Lower Bills Through Improved Standards & Technology, by the commission’s Policy & Planning Division, concludes that appliance retirement “is an extension of the traditional California boast which states that by investing in efficiency we are saving energy. Often that boast extends to the statement that even though our rates are high, our bills are low.” The report added that consumers are “much better off than they were in the ‘good old days’ of 1980” because of increasing refrigerator efficiencies for newer models, despite the cost of investment.

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